One of Germany’s top night fighter aces, Prince Major Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein shot down 83 British warplanes and held the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (awarded posthumously), a distinction achieved by only 53 Luftwaffe officers. He was killed in action by an RAF night fighter on 21 May 1944. Writing in Berlin Diaries 1940 to 1945, author Missie Vassiltchiko, a royal White Russian Princess who was close to Wittgenstein, said the Prince often went up in his night fighter with a raincoat thrown over his dinner jacket.
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