Over 1,000 missions. 222
aerial victories. Shot down 16 times, including 9 bailouts.
He flew the Bf.109 in the
Battle of Britain in late 1940.
He went to Tunisia in late
1942 when the Luftwaffe sought to check the American advances in North
Africa. In February, 1943, he was flying the Fw.190 with J.G. 2 against
the Americans. On the 9th, while based at Kairouan, his unit got word of
an attack by dozens of USAAF bombers and fighters. They attacked the
B-17s, as the P-40s, P-38s, Spitfires and Hurricanes came to defend them.
In the ensuing dogfight, the P-40s went into a defensive Lufbery. But
Rudorffer repeatedly penetrated it, and shot down six of the Curtiss
fighters in a few minutes. As the dogfight broke up, he spotted some P-38s
below, and destroyed two of them. Eight in one day! One of his best days
He was sent to Russia in
August, and achieved great success on that front as well, downing eleven
Russian machines on two different occasions.
In 1944, he flew the
Me.262 jet against the U.S. bombers that were attacking Germany. While the
Me.262 was very fast, it had a lot of bugs, and there were simply too many
Allied aircraft by that time.
Rudorffer survived the