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Rudel, Hans-Ulrich

    Date of birth:
    July 2nd, 1916 (Konradswaldau-Landeshut/Silesia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    December 18th, 1982 (Rosenheim/Bavaria, Germany)
    Buried on:
    Grave Hans-Ulrich Rudel
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    December 4th, 1936: Fahnenjumnker;
    June 1938: Oberfähnrich;
    January 1st, 1939: Leutnant;
    September 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant;
    April 1st, 1943: Hauptmann;
    March 1st, 1944: Major (RDA October 1st, 1942);
    September 1st, 1944: Oberstleutnant;
    December 29th, 1944: Oberst.

    Career:
    1922: Volksschule;
    ?- 1936: Gymnasium Lauben;
    1933: Hitlerjugend;
    December 4th, 1936: Luftkriegschule, Wilpark-Werder;
    June 1937: Ausbildung Flugzeugführer;
    June 1938: Sturzkampfflieger-Ausbildung, Graz-Thalerhof;
    ?: I. Gruppe / Sturzkampfgeschwader 168;
    December 1st, 1938: Ausbildung Beobachter, Aufklärerschule Hildesheim;
    June 1st, 1939: Beobachter 2. Staffel / Fernaufklärungsgruppe 121, Prenzlau;
    March 1940: Regimentsadjutant Fliegerausbildungsregiment 43, Wien-Stammersdorf;
    April 1941: Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
    March 1942 - August 1942: Ergänzungsstaffel, Graz;
    August 15th, 1942: 2. Staffel / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
    November 1942: Staffelkapitän 1. Staffel / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
    September 18th, 1943: Führer III. Gruppe / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
    February 22nd, 1944: Kommandeur III. Gruppe / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2;
    October 1944: Führer Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann".

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
    Awarded on:
    November 10th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    July 18th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    July 18th, 1941
    Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    September 20th, 1941
    Mentioning in he Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe on October 20th, 1941.
    Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    December 2nd, 1941
    Award 7/8.
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    9. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    January 6th, 1942
    Awarded after flying over 400 sorties, during which he sank the Soviet battleship "Marat" (23600 GRT) as well as a cruiser and a destroyer.
    Staffelkapitän
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    1. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    April 14th, 1943
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Awarded for his achievements throughout 1942, by the end of which he had flown over 750 sorties. During this time he was credited with the following successes...

    - Destroying enemy batteries at Swinowojka and Marajewa through direct hits (21. and 30.01.1942).

    - Paralyzing a Soviet attack on 27.01.1942 by destroying two buildings occupied by an enemy Brigade staff in Barsuki. He also eliminated 3 vehicles and 2 trucks in this attack.

    - Damaging a freighter (with 4000 GRT) in the harbour of Tuapse (23.09.1942).

    - Destroying an enemy supply dump (29.09.1942).

    - Creating a landslide at the Induk pass, which blocked it to enemy forces for quite some time.

    - Destroying 3 aircraft, 2 batteries, 3 guns and 2 bunkers (23.09.-26.10.1942).

    - Destroying 3 tanks, 1 battery, 9 vehicles and 2 trucks (13.11.-14.12.1942).
    Staffelkapitän. 229th Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    November 25th, 1943
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Awarded after flying 1600 sorties, during which he destroyed over 100 tanks.
    Kommandeur. 42nd Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 27th, 1944
    Mentioning:
    "Major Rudel, Gruppemkommandeur of a Schlachtgeschwader, destroyed 17 enemy tanks in a single day in the south of the eastern front."
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 28th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Mentioning:
    "Between Dnyestr and Pruth large German aerial assault units joined the battle. They destroyed numerous enemy tanks and a large number of motorized and horse-drawn vehicles. On this occasion Major Rudel once more destroyed nine enemy tanks. On more than 1800 missions he has destroyed 202 enemy tanks."
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 29th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
    Awarded after flying over 1800 sorties, during which he destroyed over 200 enemy tanks.
    Kommandeur. 10th Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    June 3rd, 1944
    Vermelding:
    "Major Rudel, decorated with the highest German award for bravery, flew his 2000th mission against the enemy on the eastern front."
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    August 6th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Mentioning:
    "27 more tanks were destroyed by ground-assault aircraft. Major Rudel alone destroyed eleven, taking his total to 300 tanks destroyed with aircraft guns."
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberstleutnant (Wing Commander)
    Unit:
    Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    December 29th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz, Goldener Eichenlaub mit Schwertern und Brillanten
    Awarded after flying over 2400 sorties, and bringing his total of tanks destroyed to 463.
    Awarded as the 1st and only soldier of the Wehrmacht to be so decorated.

    Had flown a total of 2530 sorties by the end of the war, during which he destroyed...
    - 519 Soviet tanks
    - 1 battleship
    - 1 cruiser
    - 1 destroyer
    - 70 landing boats
    - 800+ motorized vehicles
    - 150+ Artillery -, Pak and anti-aircraft positions
    - 4 armoured trains
    - Numerous bridges
    - 9 air victories (7 fighters, 2 Il-2's)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    1944
    Gemeinsames Flugzeugfuhrer-Beobachter Abzeichen mit Brillianten
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Group Captain)
    Unit:
    Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    January 14th, 1945
    8th Award.
    Magyar Tiszti Arany Vitézségi Érem
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Group Captain)
    Unit:
    Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    February 10th, 1945
    Mentioning:
    "Oberst Rudel destroyed eleven Soviet tanks in the last few days, increasing his personal score to 516 tanks."
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Received with operations number "2000"
    Frontflugspange für Schlachtflieger in Gold mit Brillianten

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