Schmidt, Kurt “Rudi”, 28-01-1914 in Plauen in Vogdland, started his Military career, age 18 with the Reichs Naval, but later entered the Luftwaffe. He followed a pilot training at the Sea Flying School in Parow. He was commander of the 88th Air Battalion of the “ Condor Legion “ in Spain. Commander Generalfeldmarschall der Luftwaffe. Kommandeur Luftflotte 3, Hugo Sperrle..
During the civil war from 1936 to 1939 with about a hundred flights and received the Spain Cross in Gold. In World War II he was in the 26th Fighter Squadron “Löwengeschwader” Lion Squadron, nickname “Löwen ” the only torpedo squadron of the Luftwaffe. His region was from the North Sea to the Red Sea and from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. After hundred actions as a Hauptmann and commander of the II /KG 26 he was awarded with the Knight’s Cross and the German Cross in Gold on 28-03-1945
. He ended the war as a Major of the Luftwaffe.
Death and burial ground of Schmidt, Kurt “Rudi”.
After the war he worked as a harbour labour and followed an economic study. He wrote a book Ächtung Torpedos los” Living in Esslingen and der Neckar, Rudi Schmidt died old age 86, on 23-02-2000 in Sulzgriess am Neckar. and is buried with his wife, on the Stadtfriedhof of Sulzgries an der Neckar.