|Born||6 February 1917
|Died||6 February 1998
|Years of service||?–1945|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Kurt Bundrock (6 February 1917 – 6 February 1998) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a 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. During his career he participated in 130 missions as a radio operator.
Kurt Bundrock was born on 6 February 1917 in Berlin-Schöneberg. He joined the I. Gruppe of Zerstörergeschwader 1 (I./ZG 1 — 1st group of the 1st Destroyer Wing) as a radio operator on 1 May 1940. Together with the pilot Reinhold Knacke he participated in the Battle of France. Both of them transferred to night fighter force on 26 June 1940 and were assigned to the I. Gruppe of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 (I./NJG 1 — 1st group of the 1st Night Fighter Wing). He participated in 37 of Knacke's aerial victories. Hauptmann Knacke was killed in action by the defence fire of a British bomber on the night of 3/4 February 1943. Bundrock was able to save himself with the parachute. He then became the radio operator of Werner Streib in June 1943.
Awards and decorations
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe in Gold
- Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (16 August 1943)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- German Cross in Gold on 25 March 1943 as Feldwebel in the I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 30 June 1944 as Oberfeldwebel and Bordfunker (radio operator) in the Stab/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1[Note 1]
- Obermaier 1989, p. 97.
- Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 67.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 150.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 253.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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.
- Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1939 – 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.