Awarded Knights Cross as Lt.,Flugzeugf.i.d.6./J.G.2 "Richthofen" 1.5.1941
Awarded Oakleaves 11.4.1944
Awarded Swords 25.1. 1945
Postwar signed photo measuring 4" x 6”
Luftwaffe fighter who served through the whole of World War II. He was the 7th most successful fighter pilot in the history of air warfare, with 222 victories claimed. Rudorffer fought in all the major German theaters of war, including the European and Mediterranean Theater of Operations and the Eastern Front. During the war he flew more than 1000 combat missions, engaging in aerial combat over 300 times. Rudorffer was shot down by flak and enemy fighters 16 times and had to take to his parachute nine times. He distinguished himself by shooting down 13 enemy planes in 17 minutes. His 222 aerial victories included 58 heavily armoured Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft.
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