Rudolf Smola

Rudolf Smola
Born 3 August 1917
Died 27 March 1945(1945-03-27) (aged 27)
Zinten, East Prussia
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Hauptmann
Unit NAGr 15
SG 101
SG 2
SG 151
SG 3

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Rudolf Smola (3 August 1917 – 27 March 1945) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Luftwaffe during World War II and 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 flew 600+ missions and was credited with 17 aerial victories. Rudolf Smola was killed on 27 March 1945 after being hit by Soviet ground fire near Zinten, East Prussia, during the East Prussian Offensive.

Awards and decorations



External links

  • World War 2
  • Luftwaffe 1939-1945 History

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