Heinz Bretnutz flew a total of 244 missions throughout World War II. Bretnutz scored his first victory over the English Channel in the summer of 1940 During the Battle Of Britain he was to become one of the most successful German fighter pilots. On 20 October, he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter to record his 20th victory in World War 2 but received damage to his Bf 109 necessitating in  an emergency landing at St Inglevert in France. Later that month he had 22 victories under his belt. He was an excellent shot. By the summer of 1941 his score had risen to 34 victories. Bretnutz was killed on the first day of action against the Soviet Union, his score stood at 34 victories.