|Allegiance Nazi Germany|
Name Reinhold Knacke
|Years of service 1939–43|
Place of burial Ysselsteyn, Netherlands
Unit Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
|Buried at Ysselsteyn, Netherlands(Block M—Row 4—Grave 80)|
Rank Hauptmann (Posthumously)
Battles/wars World War IIBattle of FranceDefense of the Reich †
Died February 3, 1943, Achterveld, Netherlands
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars World War II, Battle of France, Defence of the Reich
Reinhold Knacke (1 January 1919 – 3 February 1943) was a German Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Knacke claimed 44 aerial victories.
Knacke was shot down in aerial combat with a Halifax bomber on 3 February 1943. His radio operator, Unteroffizier Kurt Bundrock, managed to bail out from the burning aircraft. Knacke was found dead next to his crashed Messerschmitt Bf 110-F4 (Werksnummer 4683—factory number) "G9+DK" 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) east of Achterveld, Netherlands.