Rall, Günther

    Date of birth:
    March 10th, 1918 (Gaggenau/Baden, Germany)
    Date of death:
    October 4th, 2009 (Bad-Reichenhall/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Günther Rall achieved a total of 274 victories in 621 operational sorties.
    After the Second World War he served from 1st January 1956 until 30th September 1975 with the Bundeswehr and finally became Generalleutnant and Inspekteur der Luftwaffe.

    Career:
    1936: Wehrmacht;
    July 1st, 1938: Luftwaffe;
    ?: Kommandeur III. / Jagdgeschwader 52;
    ?: Kommnadeur II. / Jagdgeschwader 11;
    November 1944 - February 1945: Kommanduer Verbansführerschule des Generals der Jagdflieger;
    February 1945 - May 1945: Kommodore Jagdgeschwader 300 "Wilde Sau";
    May 1945 - August 1945: POW;
    January 1st, 1956 - September 30th, 1975: Bundeswehr;
    1971 - 1974: Inspekteur der Luftwaffe;
    1974 - 1975: Deutscher Militärischer Bevollmächtigter, NATO-Militärausschuss, Brüssel.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    May 23rd, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    July 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
    Unit:
    Flugzeugführer, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    November 17th, 1941
    Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Flugzeugführer, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    December 15th, 1941
    Details:
    Award 3/10.
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    September 4th, 1942
    Details:
    548th Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
    Unit:
    Staffelkapitän, 8. Staffel, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    October 26th, 1942
    Details:
    134th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 29th, 1943
    Action:
    Captain Rall, leader of a fighter group, achieved his 200th aerial victory on 28 August.
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, III. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 52, Luftwaffe
    Awarded on:
    September 12th, 1943
    Details:
    34th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    November 30th, 1943
    Action:
    Major Rall, group commander of a fighter wing, achieved his 250th aerial victory on the Eastern Front on 28 November 1943.
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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