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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, German 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
    Details:
    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
    Details:
    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
    Action:
    Sinking the Soviet battle ship "Marat" (23600 BRT)
    Details:
    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
    Action:
    Sinking 70 landing boats at the Kuban bridgehead with the
    Ju 87 "Kanonenvogel".
    Details:
    Staffelkapitän. 229th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    November 25th, 1943
    Details:
    Kommandeur. 42nd Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major (Squadron Leader)
    Unit:
    III. Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Immelmann", Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    March 27th, 1944
    Action:
    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
    Action:
    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
    Details:
    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
    Action:
    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
    Action:
    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
    Action:
    At the same time with the awarding, followed the promotion to Oberst.
    Details:
    As Führer.

    1st Award.
    Strike the balance after 2530 raids:
    - 519 russian tanks
    - 1 battleship
    - 1 destroyer
    - 70 landing boats
    - 800+ motorized vehicles
    - 150+ Artillery -, Pak and anti-aircraft positions
    - 9 air victories (7 hunters, 2 battle airplanes Il 2)
    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
    Details:
    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
    Action:
    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)
    Details:
    Received with operations number "2000"
    Frontflugspange für Schlachtflieger in Gold mit Brillianten

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