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Fw 190D9 of Stab SG2 flown by Obst. Hans-Ulrich Rudel Grobenheim Airfiel, April 1945

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Pictured above is the grave of the highest decorated soldier of the German armed forces in World War II, Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Rudel mostly flew the Junkers Ju-87G-1 version of the famous Stuka dive-bomber. This version carried two 37mm cannons in underwing pods and was primarily used against tanks on the Russian front. He flew more than 2,000 sorties and was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks and the sinking of the Soviet warship 'Marat' near Leningrad, as well as numerous other vehicles and landing craft. On 1 January 1945 Hitler awarded him the Golden Oakleaves to the Knight's Cross, the only person to ever receive that decoration. Rudel's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the 8th of February of that year and he was injured. When he returned to base, the lower part of his right leg was amputated, but later he continued flying and on the 8th of May he flew to Western Germany, where he surrendered to the US Army. He was released from captivity in June 1946 and emigrated to Argentina in 1948, where he became an advisor to the air force. Despite his injuries he became a well-known mountain climber. Later he moved to Kufstein in Austria. He was a committed National Socialist who didn't change his views much after the war ended, which makes him a controversial figure to say the least, but it can't be denied that he was one of the most fascinating personalities of the war and that is why he appears here.

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Hans-Ulrich Rudel was buried in the small town of Dornhausen, near Gunzenhausen in Mittelfranken. On the stone you can see his final rank, Oberst (colonel), his function, Commodore of Stukageschwader Immelmann, and a picture of his Knight's Cross.

 

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Historical skin of FW 190D-9 of Stab SG2 flown by Obst. Hans-Ulrich Rudel Grobenheim Airfiel, April 1945.
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FW190D9 . Famous Stuka pilot.Ulrich Rudel, SG 2 Grossenhain,April 1945. Legendary Stuka pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most decorated member of the Luftwaffe In March 1945, Rudel was badly injured in the crash landing of one of his Stukas, and broke his leg. An indomitable fighter, he finally allowed himself to be talked into flying the Fw-190 due to the fact the control forces were less than with the Stuka, which allowed him to fly his Fw 190D-9 while still in a full leg cast. During these final weeks of the war, Rudel added to his wartime record by shooting down 9 Soviet fighters. Shot down 32 times. Innumerable aircraft brought back to base that were later written off, due to heavy combat damage. Wounded on many occasions, including the partial amputation of his right leg in the Spring of 45, after which he continued to fly with a prosthetic limb.

Rudel was extremely fortunate to avoid capture by the Soviets, who had put a 100,000 ruble bounty on his head, payable dead or alive. The 'Stuka Ace' died in Germany in 1982. In 1984, his diary was published again and two of the greatest Allied fighter pilots, Douglas Bader and Pierre Clostermann wrote a warm and praising foreword to this edition, (surely being unaware of Rudel's political activities.) Rudel's famous quotation was 'Verloren ist nur, wer sich selbst aufgibt' ('Lost are only those, who abandon themselves').

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Hans Ulrich Rudels Dora, April 1945. Internals by Shooter, blank included. Camouflage: RLM 76/82/83 Exchange of rudders, painted in RLM 76 with RLM 75 spots Fuselage overpainted.
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Asisbiz Database of aerial victories for Hans-Ulrich Rudel

Date
Pilot Name
Unit
EA Type
Height
Time
Location
23-Sep-44
Hans-Ulrich Rudel
Stab /SG2
Il-5
800-1000m
14.25
37 481
14-Oct-44
Hans-Ulrich Rudel
Stab /SG2
Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.
600m
15.10
9881
16-Nov-44
Hans-Ulrich Rudel
Stab /SG2
Il-2 Sturmovik m.H.
2200-2500m
10.35
98 484

A brief summary of Colonel Rudel's exploits...

His story is remarkable to me in this regard: it shows that a man, even when controlled by the most evil political masters, can attain the peak of military success while exemplifying absolute adherence to personal standards of honor, integrity, and faith to his comrades in arms.

His story is especially inspiring when one considers that the man who began the war as a near-washout in pilot training, who was barred from combat flying by his first squadron commander, ended the war as history's most highly decorated aviator.

History has not chosen to make his story widely known because he fought for the losing side, and history is, as we all know, written by the winners

A note for my Israeli friends: Rudel's story is presented here because of his military exploits, and for no other reason. I do not seek to glorify or apologize for the atrocious crimes committed by the German political leadership against Europe's Jews and other religious and ethnic minorities from 1933-45. Hans Ulrich Rudel was not a member of the Nazi party, participated in no war crimes, did not go into hiding after the war, and was never even accused of any such activities by any organization or Nazi-hunter, including the Shin Bet.

Rudel logged 2,530 combat missions, and was granted almost no leave throughout his four years of active duty. Unlike his Allied counterparts, there was no magical number of missions which would mean a furlough home, once attained. For Rudel, as well as for all German pilots, it was a matter of 'fly and fight until the war ends, or you are killed': consequently, almost all eventually fell, and today only a tiny handful survive.

Rudel's personal victories as a ground-attack pilot were achieved exclusively against the Soviets, and despite the most primitive conditions imaginable, including operations solely from dirt, mud, and snow covered airfields, his confirmed victories (those witnessed by two or more fellow pilots) include:
+ 518+ Tanks
+ 700 Trucks
+ 150+ Flak and Artillery positions
+ 9 Fighter/Ground Attack Aircraft
+ Hundreds of bridges, railway lines, bunkers, etc.
+ Battleship October Revolution, Cruiser Marat, and 70 landing craft

Through direct action, he saved tens of thousands of German infantrymen from certain encirclement and annihilation during the long retreat which began in July 1943 and lasted until the war's end, almost two years later.

+ Shot down 32 times.
+ Innumerable aircraft brought back to base that were later written off, due to heavy combat damage.
+ Wounded on many occasions, including the partial amputation of his right leg in the Spring of 1945, after which he continued to fly with a prosthetic limb.

March 44: Disaster struck when Rudel landed behind Soviet lines to retrieve a downed German aircrew. Snow and mud bogged down the airplane, making it impossible to take off. Approaching Soviet troops forced everyone to flee on foot, but barring their escape was the 900 foot wide river Dnjestr. The Germans stripped to their longjohns, and swam across the ice-clogged river. Rudel's close friend and crewman, Erwin Henstchel, drowned a few feet from the far shore. They had flown 1490 missions together at the time of Hentschel's death. His body was never recovered.

Rudel was pursued by hundreds of Soviet troops who were intent on collecting the 100,000 ruble bounty which Stalin had placed on his head, and he was shot in the shoulder while they chased him with dogs and on horseback. Through incredible ingenuity, audacity, and raw determination, Rudel escaped and made his way, alone and unarmed, back home, despite being more than 30 miles behind Soviet lines when he began his 24 hour trek. He was barefoot and almost naked in the sub-freezing winter weather, without food, compass, or medical attention. His escape stands as the single most legendary example of personal bravery and luck during the Second World War, but he never fully recovered emotionally from Hentschel's death, for which he blamed himself throughout the remainder of his life.

Unlike the situation with the Soviets, German decorations were awarded without regard to rank. And in contrast to the Western Allies, they were never awarded for single acts of conspicuous bravery, but rather for a consistent record of personal gallantry and success in combat.

+ 15 Jan 42: Knight's Cross
   Equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Britain's Victoria Cross.

+ 14 Apr 43: Knight's Cross with Oakleaves
   Higher level of above, awarded rarely.

+ 25 Nov 44: Knight's Cross with Oakleaves & Swords


Won by those who had performed the most extreme acts of personal gallantry on a daily basis. Awarded very rarely: most often posthumously.

+ 29 Mar 44: Knight's Cross with Oakleaves, Swords & Diamonds
Extraordinarily prestigious award... like winning four Congressional Medals of Honor or Victoria Crosses. Back-dated to the time of his escape across the Dnjester when conferred on 25 Nov.

+ 1 Jan 45: Knight's Cross with Golden Oakleaves, Swords & Diamonds
Note that the Golden Oakleaves were awarded once during the entire war, the decoration being instituted in answer to Rudel's continuing feats of unprecedented heroism.

Post-War

Rudel was extremely fortunate to avoid capture by the Soviets, who had put a 100,000 ruble bounty on his head, payable dead or alive. Many other pilots who had the misfortune of being captured by the Soviets, or who were handed over to them by the Americans later, during the Summer of 45, suffered up to 11 years of forced labor in the Siberian gulags after the war. Hundreds of thousands of German soldiers, from generals to privates, died in post-war captivity behind the Iron Curtain. There has never been a complete accounting, and many are still listed by the modern German government as MIAs.

Joined former members of Focke-Wulf aircraft corporation in Argentina; close personal friend of Juan Peron.

Despite being disabled, Rudel made a name for himself as a mountaineer in the Andes, even climbing the highest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua (7,020 meters), as well as three times up the highest volcano on Earth, Llullay-Yacu in the Argentine Andes (6,920 meters), the final time to bury a climbing companion who didn't survive the second climb. Discrimination against former war heroes forced Rudel to become a ski instructor after returning to Kufstein, Tirol, Austria in the early 1960s.

Hans Ulrich Rudel finally followed Hentschel across the river in the early 1980s.


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