Mühlbauer, Rudolf

Date of birth:
March 23rd, 1919 (Königsbrück/Saxonia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 26th, 2000 (Laussnitz/Saxonia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Oberbootsmannmaat Mühlbauer was the only Maat (leading seaman), serving in the U-boats, that received the Knights Cross. He served from April 1939 in the Navy and transferred in autumn 1939 to the U-boats. He was on board of U-123 from its commission and took part in very successful patrols under Moehle and Hardegen with a total of more than 200,000 tons shipment sunk.
Also outstanding were his 822 days at sea, nearly two years and 4 months on patrol! In two cases he, with his sure eyes, saved the boat from being sunk by the enemy.
Oberbootsmannmaat Mühlbauer was promoted in 1945 to Oberbootsmann.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Matrosenobergefreiter
Unit:
"U 123" / 2.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
March 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Matrosenobergefreiter
Unit:
"U 123" / 2.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
1941
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Matrosenobergefreiter
Unit:
"U 123" / 2.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
June 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Bootsmannsmaat
Unit:
"U 170" / 10.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
January 10th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberbootsmannmaat
Unit:
Brückenmaat "U 123" / 33. Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
December 10th, 1944
Details:
Received as 132nd in the U-boat service.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberbootsmannmaat
Unit:
"U 170" / 10.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
1944
U-Boots-Frontspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberbootsmannmaat
Unit:
"U 170" / 10.Unterseebootsflottille
Awarded on:
1944
U-Boots-Frontspange in Silber

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Kurowski F., Knight’s Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service, Schiffer Publishing, 1995
    - Deutsche Marine Soldaten
    - Das Ritterkreuz.de
    - U Boat net

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