Schopfel joined the Luftwaffe from the Police Force in 1937, and served with l./JG 51 before joining 9/JG 26 as a Staffelkapitan. One of the most successful German fighter pilots during 1940, scoring 27 victories. He scored his first victory on the 19 May 1940 in France, then during the Battle of Britain he enjoyed numerous successes including 4 Hurricanes of No 501 Squadron on 18 August 1940. Became Kommandeur III/JG 26 on 21 August 1940. He was awarded the Knight`s Cross on 11 September 1940. From 6 December 1941 to 10 January 1943 Kommodore JG26 taking over from Adolph Galland. Total of 700 missions, 40 victories in the West.
Major Gerhard Schopfel
Knight`s Cross of the Iron Cross
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving a brief outline of their flying career with the Luftwaffe.