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Old 13th September 2023, 04:46
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Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

I've never understood why Maj Rudolf Sinner was never awarded a Knight's Cross, in spite of flying since 1940 with JG27. achieving nearly 40 victories and serving with JG-7.
Was it due to political views, or other reasons?

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Old 13th September 2023, 18:00
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

Good question. Sinner didn't just serve with JG7, he was a Gruppenkommandeur. I corresponded with him BITD, as he served with my uncle in the Erg. Gruppe JG3 and later with JG27. If he was anything like my uncle, I can understand why he didn't get the 'Doedel'.
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Old 20th September 2023, 12:46
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

There are some cases both in the LW and RAF of officers whose superiors did not pushed the papers along and kept postponing or "sitting on the documents"...Jealousy may be the correct word.
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Old 20th September 2023, 17:31
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

The Luftwaffe was rife with politics, just like any other military hierarchy, so it wasn't always a meritocracy when it came to handing out gongs.
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Old 20th September 2023, 18:12
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

Still, it's puzzling. There were other pilots who scored less, only fought for a shorter period of time and were not in combat by 1945 were awarded the Knight's Cross. Sinner did have the DKG, an award just below the RK. Also, Sinner spent his time solely on the Western front.
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Old 23rd September 2023, 08:56
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

Hi Guys

My friend Bernd Barbas met Sinner several times. He described his personality as a "Michael Kohlhaas" type.

Moreover Sinner would appear to be anti-nazi and didn't like to do a nazi salute. But to answer the direct question about lacking a well deserved Ritterkreuz he stated "I had many enemies among the officers".

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Old 23rd September 2023, 17:56
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Re: Why was Rudolf Sinner never awarded a Ritterkreuz?

I never met Sinner in person, but I did correspond regularly with him. He seemed to be a 'no BS' type of person who did not try to hide his opinions for political reasons.
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