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The Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: Axis Powers Pilots and Crew

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1 Frank, RudolfLt8/19/1920Karlsruhe, Grünwinkel45 1/NJG-3 (6/42), 2/NJG-3 (6/43), 6/NJG-3 (11/43), 3/NJG-3 (4/44 Vechta) Bf 110, Fw 190 in Wild Boar Unit, Bf 110G-4 Werk # 720074 "D5 + CL" (lost 4/27/44)
EL(7/20/44 Post.)

Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(10/17/43)

EK 1 & 2
Glider Badge
NJ Operational Clasp
KIA 27 April, 1944 when his Bf 110 G-4 was struck by a Lancaster of RAF No. 12 Sq. at Heese, which was falling to the ground near Eindhoven, Holland. He was killed in the ramming. The stricken G-4 crashed at Heeze Holland, the remaining crew disposition unknown (DeSwart). His 23rd victory, a Lancaster at Oud Kembeek, east of Lingen, on 18 November, 1943. He scored a double victory over two "4 mot" in the Lüneburg area on 15 February, 1944. He scored five victories on 20 February, 1944. A Lancaster 10 km NW of Venlo on 23 April, 1944. Another Lancaster on 27 April, 1944, no location. He was one of the most successful Night Fighter pilots of his squadron. 183 combat missions. All his victories were Night victories. Ofw Frank burial: Block Z, Row 6, Grave 149. His R/O, Ofw H.G.Schierholz and Gnr Fw H.Schneider (WIA) bailed safely (SGLO).
2 Frank, RudolfUffz2/NAGr-3Bf 110G-3EP(8/9/43)

EK 1 & 2
Observer Operational Clasp
Vermeer EP Awards List (FF)
3 Marggraf, RudolfOblt4/KG-27He 111H-16 Werk # 160445 "IG + BM" (lost)
Deutsches Kreuz - Gold(4/28/43)

EK 1 & 2
Bomber Operational Clasp
MIA 14 July, 1943 after being hit by flak in Map Quadrant QU 61121 during a mission, but some of the crew survived. Remaining crew: Uffz Heinrich Kuhlmann, Observer, Uffz Erich Ruoff, R/O; Uffz Arnim Köhler, Gunner and Uffz Karl Frank, Mechanic. Marggraf was known to survive. Jager Blatt 6/2004.
4 Stoer, RudolfOgefr10(Pz)/SG-9 (Reich Def Ost)Ju 87G-2/VII Werk # 492695 (lost 2/13/45)Dive Bomber Operational ClaspBoth he and his R/O, Ogefr Frank Hoffmann were KIA 13 February, 1945 after being hit by flak, location not reported. Ju 87 Loss List

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