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Rudolf Meister

Rudolf Meister

German General and Knight's Cross recipients
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Officer
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth August 1, 1897 (Cologne)
Death September 11, 1958 (Hanover)
Rudolf Meister
The details

Rudolf Meister (1 August 1897 – 11 September 1958) was a German general (General der Flieger) in the Luftwaffe during World War II who commanded the 4th Air Corps. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany. Meister surrendered to the American troops in May 1945 and was interned until 1948.
In 1950, Meister was one of the authors of the Himmerod memorandum which addressed the issue of rearmament (Wiederbewaffnung) of the Federal Republic of Germany after World War II.

Awards and decorations

  • German Cross in Gold on 30 October 1941 as Oberst im Generalstab (in the General Staff) of VIII. Fliegerkorps
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 5 September 1944 as Generalleutnant and commander of IV. Fliegerkorps

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