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Old 27th May 2019, 18:17
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Rudolf Kratz

I am seeking information about Rudolf Kratz, who in the first year of the war flew with KG 30. He was later liaison officer to the Italian air force in France before he came to the Nachtjagd. There must be a gap between is job with the Italian Airforce and his transferral to 10./NJG 3 at Aalborg. What unit was he attached to ?

(From www.ww2.dk)
KRATZ, Rudolf.
01.11.39 Oblt., trf from LKS Berlin-Gatow to Stab/KG 30.
01.02.42 promo to Hptm.
11.10.42 Hptm., appt Staka 10./NJG 3.
20.04.43 Hptm., appt Staka 7./NJG 5 (to 15.02.44).
01.04.45 promo to Maj.

What did he do after February 1944 ? Kratz was a very unpopular Staffelkapitän of 10./NJG 3.

I know that he survived the war and became a dentist.
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Re: Rudolf Kratz

Is Armand van Ishoven still alive? It looks as if he was in contact with Kratz before 1980.
He wrote a book with the title The Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, where he quotes Kratz.
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Old 14th June 2019, 12:00
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Re: Rudolf Kratz

Kratz wrote a very fanciful account of the attack on Driffield 15 Aug 40 which was in the 1941 Jahrbuch der Deutschen Luftwaffe which is what I believe Armand used.
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Re: Rudolf Kratz

Thanks Chriss
I was told that he shortly after the 15th of August, 1944, was taken off operational flying and served instead as liaison officer to the Italian Air Force in France.

I am really interested in what he was doing after his time as a night fighter (he never shot down an enemy plane and constantly complained about technical problems with his plane). I have been told by several night fighter crewmembers that his party book 'was in order' and that he had connections. It would be nice to hear something nice about the man ….
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