Friedrich "Frieder" Rupp
Oberleutnant

Friedrich Rupp

    Friedrich “Frieder” Rupp was born on 26 Novemebr 1917 at Freiburg in Breisgau. Rupp participated in the Polish and French campaigns as a photo-reconnaisance pilot with 1.(H)/31. In October 1940, he retrained as a fighter pilot. In spring 1941, Rupp was posted to JG 54 based on the Eastern front. Oberfeldwebel Rupp was assigned to 9./JG 54. He recorded his first victory on 24 August, when he shot down a Russian I-16 fighter. By the end of 1941, he had increased his tally to four. In early March 1942, Rupp transferred to 7./JG 54. On 22 March, he shot down four enemy aircraft to record his 11th through 14th victories. He recorded his 20th victory on 2 June and his 30th on 11 September. Rupp claimed his 40th victory on 31 October. On 6 November, he was shot down in aerial combat with Russian P-39 fighters behind Russian lines. He successfully belly-landed his damaged Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 10 420) near Beresnonuessa, evaded capture and returned to his unit. Leutnant Rupp was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 24 January 1943 for 50 victories.

Friedrich Rupp of 7./JG 54 with his Bf 109G-2 white 7
Friedrich Rupp of 7./JG 54 with his Bf 109G-2 "white 7"

    III./JG 54 was relocated to the Western front to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties in spring 1943. On 14 May, Rupp shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber to record his 51st victory. On 15 May 1943, III./JG 54 engaged a formation of USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers over the North Sea. Rupp succeeded in shooting one down to record his 52nd, and last, victory but his Bf 109 G-4 (W.Nr. 16 151) “White 2” was hit by return fire and fell vertically into the sea. Rupp’s body was washed ashore at Cuxhaven four weeks later and he was buried on 16 September. Rupp was posthumously promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.
    “Frieder” Rupp was credited with 52 victories. He recorded 50 victories over the Eastern front. The two victories recorded over the Western front were both four-engined bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
24.8.1941
12:30
I-16 9./JG 54 -
2
6.10.1941
16:20
I-153 9./JG 54 -
3
11.10.1941
7:40
I-26 9./JG 54 -
4
30.10.1941
9:55
I-26 9./JG 54 -
5
2.1.1942
9:43
I-26 9./JG 54 -
6
2.1.1942
10:55
I-26 9./JG 54 -
7
14.3.1942
15:32
R-5 7./JG 54 -
8
16.3.1942
10:08
P-40 7./JG 54 -
9
16.3.1942
10:15
P-40 7./JG 54 -
10
21.3.1942
19:48
P-40 7./JG 54 -
11
22.3.1942
6:12
R-Z 7./JG 54 -
12
22.3.1942
13:18
I-26 7./JG 54 -
13
22.3.1942
13:22
I-26 7./JG 54 -
14
22.3.1942
13:25
I-26 7./JG 54 -
15
23.3.1942
15:57
I-26 7./JG 54 -
16
23.3.1942
16:20
I-26 7./JG 54 -
17
29.3.1942
8:26
I-26 7./JG 54 -
18
9.5.1942
5:32
Yak-1 7./JG 54 -
19
29.5.1942
6:50
P-40 7./JG 54 20 137 / Tomahawk of 159 IAP, VVS
20
2.6.1942
8:47
P-40 7./JG 54 -
21
20.8.1942
12:47
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 00 253
22
22.8.1942
10:38
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 00 193
23
27.8.1942
12:32
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 10 184
24
2.9.1942
5:17
Yak-1 7./JG 54 10 163
25
2.9.1942
18:30
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 00 263
26
4.9.1942
9:11
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 10 353
27
4.9.1942
9:15
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 10 254
28
5.9.1942
18:32
Il-2 7./JG 54 00 311
29
6.9.1942
17:47
P-40 7./JG 54 10 243
30
11.9.1942
8:42
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 10 183
31
11.9.1942
13:45
P-2 7./JG 54 10 174
32
11.9.1942
13:51
P-2 7./JG 54 10 182
33
12.9.1942
8:49
Yak-1 7./JG 54 10 284
34
12.9.1942
14:02
Yak-1 7./JG 54 10 192
35
23.9.1942
11:33
MiG-3 7./JG 54 20 123
36
29.9.1942
11:34
Hurricane 7./JG 54 1 884
37
1.10.1942
11:23
Yak-1 7./JG 54 00 262
38
4.10.1942
9:22
I-16 7./JG 54 00 263
39
6.10.1942
16:55
Yak-1 7./JG 54 10 271
40
31.10.1942
7:35
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 29 773
41
5.11.1942
10:02
Yak-1 7./JG 54 18 261
42
14.11.1942
11:25
P-40 7./JG 54 20 142
43
14.11.1942
11:31
P-40 7./JG 54 20 151
44
16.12.1942
8:10
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 7km SE Velikye-Luki
45
29.12.1942
8:17
Il-2 7./JG 54 2km SE Location
46
29.12.1942
8:23
Il-2 7./JG 54 Kiev
47
29.12.1942
8:27
Il-2 7./JG 54 7 733
48
30.12.1942
9:25
La-5 7./JG 54 7 552
49
30.12.1942
11:10
LaGG-3 7./JG 54 7 683
50
30.12.1942
12:58
Pe-2 7./JG 54 7 671
51
14.5.1943
12:30
B-24 7./JG 54 551
52
15.5.1943
-
B-17 7./JG 54 -

Victories : 52
Awards : Ehrenpokal (1 July 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (27 October 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (24 January 1943)
Units : JG 54

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