Walter Rubensdörffer

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Walter Rubensdörffer
Born 1 August 1910
Basel, Switzerland
Died 15 August 1940(1940-08-15) (aged 30)
near Rotherfield, England
Buried at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery
block 9—row 4—grave 20
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1935–40
Rank Hauptmann
Unit Jagdgruppe 88
Erprobungsgruppe 210
Battles/wars Spanish Civil War

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Rubensdörffer (1 August 1910 – 15 August 1940) was a German Luftwaffe pilot and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

Spanish Civil War

Rubensdörffer served with the Stab of Jagdgruppe 88 during the Spanish Civil War and was credited with one aerial victory.[1]

World War II

He was appointed as Gruppenkommandeur of Erprobungsgruppe 210 in July 1940 and on 15 August 1940, was killed in action when he mistakenly bombed the Croydon airfield (on the outskirts of London) instead of the intended target, Kenley Aerodrome. His Messerschmitt Bf 110 D-0 ("S9+AB") had sustained damage in combat with No. 111 Squadron RAF and No. 32 Squadron RAF Hawker Hurricanes.[1] As his aircraft kept being hit, Rubensdörffer attempted to land his aircraft near Rotherfield. He and his crewman, air gunner Obergefreiter Ludwig Kretzer, were killed when the aircraft ploughed into trees near Bletchingley Farm. Rubensdörffer and Kretzer were initially buried in Tunbridge Wells but their bodies were later exhumed and reburied in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery.

File:Walter Rubensdörffer - Ludwig Kretzer - Oskar Strack.jpg
Graves of Walter Rubensdörffer (1910–1940), Ludwig Kretzer (1918–1940) and Oskar Strack (1912–1940), Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England (Block 9 Row 4 Grave 20)

Awards

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Obermaier 1989, p. 189.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 366, 502.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 642.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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