A fantastic diorama of Hans Ulrich Rudel's bad day by modelling friend and magician diorama builder Aitor Azkue and "A BAD DAY FOR RUDEL"
Rudel was born on 2 July 1916, in Konradswaldau, in Prussia. German forces invaded Poland in 1939 started World War II in Europe. As an air observer, Rudel flew on long-range reconnaissance missions over Poland. In Early 1941, he underwent training as a Stuka Pilot. he was posted to 1 Staffel SturzKampfgeschwader 2, Stg2 which was moved to occupied Poland in preparation for Operation Barbarossa.
Rudel flew 2,530 combat missions on the Eastern Front of World War II. The majority of these were undertaken while flying the Junkers Ju 87, although 430 were flown in ground-attack variants of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190. He was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks, severely damaging the battleship Marat, as well as sinking a cruiser, incomplete and heavily damaged Petropavolsk, a destroyer Leningrad-class destroyer Minsk, and 70 landing craft. Rudel also claimed to have destroyed more than 800 vehicles of all types, over 150 artillery, anti-tank or anti-aircraft positions, 4 armoured trains, as well as numerous bridges and supply lines. Rudel was also credited with 9 aerial victories, 7 of which were fighter aircraft and 2 Ilyushin Il2s. He was shot down or forced to land 30 times due to anti-aircraft artillery, was wounded five times and rescued six stranded aircrew from enemy-held territory.