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About Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, born Melitta Schiller (9 January 1903 — 8 April 1945), was a German aviatrix who served as a test pilot for the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. She was the second German woman to be awarded the honorary title of Flugkapitän (English: flight captain) and also flew over 2,500 test sorties in dive bombers, the second most of any Luftwaffe test pilot. Von Stauffenberg was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class and the Gold Front Flying Clasp for Bombers with diamonds, for performing over 1,500 test flights in dive bomber aircraft. In 1944, she was arrested with other Stauffenberg family members for suspicion of conspiring with her brothers-in-law to assassinate Adolf Hitler, but she was later released to continue her test flight duties. Von Stauffenberg died after being shot down by an allied fighter plane on 8 April 1945.