Siegfried "Wumm" Schnell
Major

Siegfried Schnell

      Siegfried “Wumm” Schnell was born on 23 January 1916 at Zielenzig in Mark Brandenburg. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. At the beginning of World War 2, Feldwebel Schnell was serving with 4./JG 2. On 14 May 1940, he scored his first victory, a French Bloch 152 fighter. He also participated in the Battle of Britain. Leutnant Schnell was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 9 November for 20 victories. On 24 June 1941, he was transfered as Staffelkapitän to 9./JG 2. On 8 July he shot down three Spitfires to achieve his 40th victory and was awarded the Eichenlaub (No. 18). He was at this time one of the highest scoring aces of JG 2. On 19 August 1942, over Dieppe he destroyed five Spitfires to reach his 70th victory. Schnell reached his 80th victory on 4 April 1943.

Maj. Oesau and Hptm. Schnell seventy-five victories are displayed on the rudder of Schnell`s Fw 190A
Geschwader Kommodore JG 2 Maj. Walter Oesau (127 victories, RK-S) and Staffelkapitän 9./JG 2 Hptm. Siegfried Schnell.    Left: seventy-five victories are displayed on the rudder of Schnell`s Focke Wulf 190A (last four bars show USAAF aircrafts, of which at least two were four-engined bombers), 18 February 1943, Vannes in France.

     On 1 May 1944, Schnell was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 54. On 11 January 1944, he downed three B-17s to reach 90 victories. On 11 February, he was transfered to IV./JG 54 which was based on the Eastern Front. He shot down three Russian aircraft, but on 25 February 1944 over Narva he was shot down in Bf 109 G-6 (WNr. 411 675) and killed by a Soviet fighter.
    “Wumm” Schnell flew about 500 missions during which he scored a total of 93 victories. 90 of these were scored on the Western Front. His score also included 12 four-engined bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1.
14.5.1940
-
Bloch 152 4./JG 2  
2.
5.6.1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2 French A/c
3.
29.7.1940
13:20
Blenheim 4./JG 2 NW Le Harve
4.
30.7.1940
13:20
Blenheim 4./JG 2 NW Le Harve
5.-18.
28.8.1940
18:30~
Hurricane 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
30.8.1940
17:50
Spitfire 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
31.8.1940
17:05~
Spitfire 4./JG 2 Dover
5.-18.
2.9.1940
-
Hurricane 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
4.9.1940
-
Hurricane 4./JG 2 Ashford
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
5.-18.
1940
-
E/a 4./JG 2  
19.
6.11.1940
15:40
Hurricane 4./JG 2 E Southampton
20.
7.11.1940
15:30
Hurricane 4./JG 2 S Isle of Wight
?
17.6.1941
-
Blenheim 4./JG 2  
?
21.6.1941
16:48
Spitfire 4./JG 2 W Le Touquet
?
21.6.1941
16:49
Spitfire 4./JG 2 W Le Touquet
?
22.6.1941
16:20
Spitfire 4./JG 2 St Omer-Gravelines
?
23.6.1941
20:19
Spitfire 4./JG 2 Pas-de-Calais
?
23.6.1941
20:20
Blenheim 4./JG 2 Pas-de-Calais
?
23.6.1941
20:22
Blenheim 4./JG 2 Pas-de-Calais
?
24.6.1941
20:44
Spitfire 4./JG 2 Gravelines-Ramsgate
?
25.6.1941
11:42
Spitfire 4./JG 2 Hazebrouck-Gravelines
?
25.6.1941
16:32
Spitfire 4./JG 2 St Omer-Boulogne
?
25.6.1941
16:40
Spitfire 4./JG 2 St Omer-Boulogne
?
27.6.1941
21:30
Spitfire Stab JG 2 Lille-Gravelines
?
27.6.1941
21:32
Spitfire Stab JG 2 Lille-Gravelines
?
3.7.1941
15:40
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Dunkirk-Gravelines
?
4.7.1941
15:05
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Hazebrouck-Lens-Hardelot
?
4.7.1941
15:07
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Hazebrouck-Lens-Hardelot
?
4.7.1941
15:15
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Hazebrouck-Lens-Hardelot
?
4.7.1941
16:43
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
6.7.1941
14:40
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
8.7.1941
15:45
Spitfire 9./JG 2 SW Bergues
?
8.7.1941
15:46~
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
40.
8.7.1941
15:47~
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
13:57
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
13:57
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
14:05
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
16:10
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
16:20
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
9.7.1941
16:22
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
1.9.1941
19:22
Blenheim 9./JG 2 Pl. Qu. 21594
?
4.9.1941
16:03
Whirlwind 9./JG 2 Cherbourg 200m
?
4.9.1941
16:05
Whirlwind 9./JG 2 N Cherbourg 200m
?
4.9.1941
16:07
Hurricane 9./JG 2 N Cherbourg 200m
?
18.9.1941
17:37
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Rouen-Dieppe
?
18.9.1941
17:40
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Rouen-Dieppe
?
12.10.1941
17:10
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cap de la Hague
?
12.10.1941
17:15
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cap de la Hague
?
8.11.1941
15:32
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
8.11.1941
15:35
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
8.11.1941
15:37
Spitfire 9./JG 2  
?
12.2.1942
-
Hampden 9./JG 2 Off Holland
52.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
53.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
54.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
55.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
56.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
57.
V.1942
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
58.
3.6.1942
15:27-42
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
59.
3.6.1942
15:27-42
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
60.
3.6.1942
15:27-42
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
61.
3.6.1942
15:27-42
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cherbourg
62.
4.6.1942
12:48-58
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cap Lévy
63.
4.6.1942
12:48-58
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Off Cap Lévy
64.
6.6.1942
17:14-36
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Cherbourg-Cap Lévy
65.
6.6.1942
17:14-36
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Cherbourg-Cap Lévy
66.
26.6.1942
14:40-48
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Fécamp-Étretat
67.
19.8.1942
11:38
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Near Dieppe
68.
19.8.1942
12:06
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Near Dieppe
69.
19.8.1942
15:32
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Near Dieppe
70.
19.8.1942
15:34
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Near Dieppe
71.
19.8.1942
15:42
Spitfire 9./JG 2 Near Dieppe
72.-74.
23.11.1942
13:40
B-17 9./JG 2 SE Belle Ile, 3000m
72.-74.
30.12.1942
11:52
B-17 9./JG 2 W Ile de Groix, 5000m
72.-74.
?
-
USAAF A/c 9./JG 2  
75.
II.1943
-
USAAF A/c 9./JG 2 18.2.1943?
76.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
77.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
78.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
79.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
80.
4.4.1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2  
81.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
82.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
83.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
84.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
85.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
86.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
87.
1943
-
E/a 9./JG 2 or Stab III./JG 54?
88.
11.1.1944
-
B-17 Stab III./JG 54  
89.
11.1.1944
-
B-17 Stab III./JG 54  
90.
11.1.1944
-
B-17 Stab III./JG 54  
91.
II.1944
-
E/a Stab IV./JG 54 East
92.
II.1944
-
E/a Stab IV./JG 54 East
93.
II.1944
-
E/a Stab IV./JG 54 East

Victories : 93
Awards : Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves
Units : JG 2, JG 54

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