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Rudorffer, Erich

Date of birth:
November 1st, 1917 (Zwochau/Saxonia, Germany)
Date of death:
April 8th, 2016 (Bad Schwartau/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Erich Rudorffer achieved 224 victories in over 1000 operational sorties.

Promotions:
?: Oberfeldwebel;
October 2nd, 1940: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
?: Major.

Career:
?: Deutsche Lufthansa;
November 1st, 1939: 2. / Jagdgeschwader 2;
?: Flugzeugführer 6. / Jagdgeschwader 2;
November 11th, 1941: Staffelkapitän 6. / Jagdgeschwader 2;
?: Führer II. / Jagdgeschwader 2;
May 1943: Kommandeur II. / Jagdgeschwader 2;
June 1943: Kommanduer IV. / Jagdgeschwader 54;
July/August 1943: Kommandeur II. / Jagdgeschwader 54;
January 15th, 1945: Kommandeur I. / Jagdgeschwader 7;
?: Kraftfahrbundesamt (BRD).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 22nd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1940
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 6. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1941
Action:
After 19 Air Victory's.
Details:
184th Luftwaffe Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Pilot Officer)
Unit:
2. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 9th, 1941
Details:
Award 6/6
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1944
Action:
Received after 130 Air Victory's.
Details:
447th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1944
Action:
Mentioning:
"Among those aerial victories in Courland that had been reported yesterday are eleven aircraft shot down by the recipient of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Major Rudorffer bringing his total to 206 aerial victories."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 26th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Received after 210 Air victory's.
Details:
126th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Awarded with pendant with sortie number "1000".
Frontflugspange für Zerstörer in Gold mit anhänger und einzatszahl

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