Rolf Kaldrack

Rolf Kaldrack

Rolf Kaldrack
Born 25 June 1913
Stargard, Pomerania
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 28)
south of Toropets, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1934–1942
Rank Hauptmann
Unit Condor Legion (A 88)
Commands held III./ZG 76
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Rolf Kaldrack (25 June 1913 – 3 February 1942) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] Kaldrack is credited with at least 24 aerial victories, 3 of which claimed during the Spanish Civil War flying with Aufklärungsgruppe 88 of the Condor Legion.[2]

Rolf Kaldrack and his aerial gunner Unteroffizier Enke were killed in action on 3 February 1942 south of Toropets. Kaldrack flying a Messerschmitt Bf 110 E-1 "S9+IC" (Werksnummer 4057 — factory number), collided with a Mig-1 he had just shot down. Posthumously he received the 70th Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[2]

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Citations
  1. ^ Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. ^ a b Obermaier 1989, p. 48.
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 344.
  4. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 217.
  5. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 429.
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