Rudolf Rademacher

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Rudolf Rademacher
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Rudolf Rademacher
Nickname(s) Rudi
Born (1913-06-19)19 June 1913
Lüneburg
Died 13 June 1953(1953-06-13) (aged 39)
Lüneburg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Rank Leutnant
Unit JG 54, EJG 1, JG 7
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Rudolf "Rudi" Rademacher (born 19 June 1913 in Lüneburg, killed in flying accident 13 June 1953 in Lüneburg) was a German World War II fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

"Rudi" Rademacher was credited with 126 victories in over 500 combat missions.[1] 90 of his victories were claimed over the Eastern front, including 21 Il-2 Stormoviks. At least 8 of his victories claimed over the Western front were gained flying the Me 262 jet fighter.[Notes 1] Rademacher was killed in a glider crash at Lüneburg on 13 June 1953.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe Jet aces see List of German World War II Jet aces

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Spick 1996, p. 230.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 364.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 348.
Bibliography
  • Bergström, Christer; Mikhailov, Andrey (2001). Black Cross / Red Star Air War Over the Eastern Front, Volume II, Resurgence January–June 1942. Pacifica, California: Pacifica Military History. ISBN 978-0-935553-51-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Forsyth, Robert (2008). Jagdgeschwader 7 'Nowotny'. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84603-320-9. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1941 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.
  • Weal, John (1998). Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Aces of the Russian Front. London, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-518-7.
  • Weal, John (2001). Jagdgeschwader 54 'Grünherz'. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-286-5.

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