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Erich Rudorffer is dead

Article about: Major Erich Rudorffer, last living holder of the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern (Knight's cross with oakleaves and swords), died on April 8th, 2016. He recieved his Ritterkreuz as

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    Major Erich Rudorffer, last living holder of the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern (Knight's cross with oakleaves and swords), died on April 8th, 2016. He recieved his Ritterkreuz as Leutnant on May 10th, 1941 in JG 54. He was born in 1917. RiF.

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    RIP- not much more to say

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    R.i.p.

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    Ruhe in Frieden !
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Just to give this thread a bit of a lift with a few facts about the man, here's his biography:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Rudorffer

    Aces of the Luftwaffe - Erich Rudorffer

    Note that he flew more than 1,000 combat missions, claimed 222 victories (including 13 aircraft in 17 minutes!!), shot down by flak and fighters 16 TIMES , taking to his parachute 9 TIMES...... He also shot down over 40 Spitfires and attained 12 victories flying the first jet fighter, the Me262 of which 10 were 4 engined bombers. I think this is impressive enough to be pointed out here, a very brave man indeed.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Indeed Ned i corresponded with him a couple of times many years ago. One of my favourite photos of him !

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    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    RIP Sir!

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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