Schmidt, Rudolf (Jagdgeschwader 77)

Date of birth:
October 17th, 1918 (Wölfershausen/Thuringia, Germany)
Date of death:
April 6th, 1942 (near Jevpatorija/Crimea, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Rudolf Schmidt reached the rank of Oberfeldwebel and flew over Russia and the Balkans achieving ca. 51 air victories.
He sank 2 speedboats and a large transportvessel ivo Kreta in 1941 and received the RK in August 1941 as a Feldwebel credited with 27 air victories.
MIA and most probably KIA 06 April 1942 in aerial combat with a Pe-2 of 40 BAP, near Saki, 20 km east of Jewpatoria, in the western Crimea.

July 1940 : Gefreiter 5./ JG.77
December 1940 : Unteroffizier 5./ JG.77
June 1941 : Feldwebel 5./ jg.77
September 1941 : Oberfeldwebel 5.-7./ JG.77

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 5. / Jagdgeschwader 77
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1941
Action:
Awarded after 27 aerial victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1940
Action:
certificate signed by Generalfeldmarschall Sperrle Chefs der Luftflotte 3
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Aircraftman class 2)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1941
Action:
document signed by Geschwaderkommodore Major Handrick
Frontflugspange für Jäger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Aircraftman class 2)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1941
Action:
document signed by Geschwaderkommodore Major Handrick
shot down 26 July, 1941 during Operation Barbarossa.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Aircraftman class 2)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
1940
Flugzeugführerabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1942
Pilots Badge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1943
Krimschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1943
Action:
Document signed by King of Romania Michael I. and Air Minister.
Ordinul Virtutea Aeronautica - Knight
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
5./ Jagdgeschwader 77 'Herz Ass'
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1943
Ärmelband Kreta

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