FGM Company Sergeant Major
Luftwaffe ace Johannes Steinhoff. Began his career as a naval aviator before transferring to the Luftwaffe. Flew and survived the entire war, 1939-1945, ending up with 176 confirmed victories. He flew in the hand-picked ME-262 "Jet Experten" squadron led by Adolf Galland near the war's end. Badly burned and disfigured in a non-combat ME-262 crash in April 1945, he recovered and survived the war and eventually rose to be Chief of Staff of the West German Luftwaffe. In 1985 he accompanied West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and US President Ronald Reagan during the controversial visit to Bitburg military cemetery. His book "The Final Hours" is one of my favorites. Died Feb 1994.