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|Born||11 November 1923|
|Died||26 November 1944 (aged 21)|
|Allegiance|| Weimar Republic (1932)|
Nazi Germany (1933–45)
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Alfred Schreiber (11 November 1923 – 26 November 1944), was a fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He is noted for claiming the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history.
He was born on 11 November 1923 in Keplachowitz. On 26 July 1944, Schreiber, a former Zerstörergeschwader 26 pilot, intercepted and attacked a Mosquito PR XVI, a photo-reconnaissance aircraft from No. 540 Squadron RAF, while flying Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a W.Nr. 130 017. It is often referred to as the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history. Although damaged, the Mosquito, did in fact, manage to return to an Allied held airfield in Italy but the aircraft was lost in the crash landing. Schreiber would be credited with a further four aerial victories before being killed on 26 November 1944, making him the first jet ace in history. Schreiber was killed in a crash landing at Lechfeld. His aircraft wheels caught the lip of a slit trench, causing his Me 262 to cartwheel.
Schreiber submitted the following claims:
|1||26 July 1944||No. 540 Squadron Royal Air Force Mosquito PR XVI|
|2||2 August 1944||Supermarine Spitfire|
|3||26 August 1944||Supermarine Spitfire|
|4||5 September 1944||Spitfire PR XI of the USAAF 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group|
|5||28 October 1944||P-38 Lightning F-5E-3-LO of 7th PRG / 22nd PRS piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Eugene Selzer Williams (POW)|
- Radinger & Schick 1993, p. 51.
- Morgan & Weal 1998, p. 16–17.
- For a list of Luftwaffe jet aces, see List of German World War II jet aces.
- Morgan & Weal 1998, p. 92.
- Morgan & Weal 1998, p. 16, 18, 26.
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