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Horst Rudat
German general

Horst Rudat

Horst Rudat
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Intro German general
Was Military officer Military personnel
From Germany
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 3 May 1920
Death 31 August 1982, Laaber, Regensburg, Upper Palatinate, Germany (aged 62 years)
Star sign Taurus
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross  
German Cross in Gold  
Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany  
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Horst Rudat (3 May 1920 − 31 August 1982) was a general in the German Air Force. During World War II, he served in the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany as a bomber pilot.

In the weeks following Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France, Rudat was tasked with the leadership of a task force in 2./Kampfgeschwader 101. The task force was experimenting with the Mistel, a Luftwaffe aircraft bombing system, based broadly on the parasite aircraft concept. Rudat led a formation of 4 Mistel aircraft against the invasion fleet of off Normandy in the night of 24/25 June 1944. HMS Nith, a British River-class frigate, was damaged killing nine of her crew.


  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (9 August 1941) & 1st Class (7 September 1941)
  • Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (27 May 1942)
  • German Cross in Gold on 27 July 1942 as Oberleutnant in the 3./KG 55
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 24 March 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 2./KG 55
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