W. Nr. 746, Oblt. S. Schnell, CO of 9./JG 2, Vannes-Meucon, France, January 1943
Siegfried ‘Wumm‘ Schnell, a native of today’s Polish Sulecin (then Zielenzig in Brandenburg) joined the ranks of the Luftwaffe in 1936 and at the beginning of the Second World War he served with 4./JG 2. His first kill was in combat over
France on May 14th, 1940, others followed over Britain and against English and American pilots over western Europe.
After being assigned to JG 54, he first served with its III. Gruppe and was on February 1st, 1944 made CO
of IV. Gruppe. While serving in this function, he was shot down on February 25th, 1944 over Narva by a Soviet fighter,
this proving to be a fateful encounter. For his combat results, he was awarded on July 9th, 1941 the Knight’s Cross with
Oak Leaves. In Second World War downed 93 enemy aircraft. Oblt. Schnell´s Fw 190A-4 wore a regular camo scheme
for Luftwaffe fighters, painted with RLM 74/75/76 colours. Wings and fuselage have fresh overpainting of former white
strips - identification of aircraft attending the Case Anton late 1942 (occupation of the „free zone“ Vichy France).
The rudder was marked symbols of 76 victories. The fuselage around and behind exhausts is painted in black
Adlerflügel, with white outline.
INFO Eduard - May 2019