Rudolf Sigmund
Hauptmann

Rudolf Sigmund

    Rudolf Sigmund was born on 5 March 1915 at Hardheim in Nordbaden. Sigmund was posted to NJG 1 in spring 1941. Leutnant Sigmund was assigned to 1./NJG 1. He gained his first victory on the night of 24/25 August, when he shot down a RAF Whitley twin-engine bomber near Wavre. In spring 1942, Oberleutnant Sigmund was appointed Adjutant of II./NJG 2. By the end of 1942, he had increased his victory total to seven. On 1 October 1942, Sigmund was appointed Staffelkapitän 10./NJG 1. On 26 February 1943, Sigmund shot down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber by day to record his 10th victory. He recorded another day victory on 17 April, when he shot down a USAAF B-17 four-engine bomber for his 13th victory. Sigmund claimed four victories on each of the nights of 21/22 June (18-21) and 25/26 June (22-25). Hauptmann Sigmund was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 2 August for 26 victories. On the night of 25/26 July, Sigmund and his bordfunker were wounded in aerial combat with RAF aircraft. On 15 August 1943, Sigmund was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of III./NJG 3. During the night of 3/4 October 1943, Sigmund and his crew were shot down and killed in Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 5560) “D5 + AD” during aerial combat southwest of Göttingen.
    Rudolf Sigmund was credited with 28 victories in 150 missions. He recorded 26 victories at night. Both victories recorded by day were four-engine bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
25.8.1941
1:20
Whitley 1./NJG 1 5km N Wavre
2
21.6.1942
2:05
Stirling II./NJG 2 NW Zwolle
3
26.6.1942
1:50
Halifax II./NJG 2 Assen
4
28.6.1942
3:00
Halifax II./NJG 2 20km SSW Den Helder
5
30.6.1942
1:48
Halifax II./NJG 2 40km S Leeuwarden / Halifax II (W1113) “LQ-G” of 405 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Echin
6
9.7.1942
1:52
Halifax II./NJG 2 21km NW Gröningen
7
14.9.1942
2:30
Wellington II./NJG 2 W Texel
8
4.1.1943
20:30
Halifax 10./NJG 1 NNW Scheveningen
9
20.2.1943
19:45
Wellington 10./NJG 1 55km N Texel
10
26.2.1943
12:24
B-24 10./NJG 1 60km N Ameland
11
3.3.1943
22:32
Stirling 10./NJG 1 20km W Texel
12
12.3.1943
23:16
Stirling 10./NJG 1 60km W Den Helder
13
17.4.1943
13:45
B-17 10./NJG 1 05 Ost S/74/5/1
14
13.5.1943
2:09
Wellington 10./NJG 1 40km W Petten
15
28.5.1943
1:47
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 25km SW Leeuwarden
16
13.6.1943
1:23
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 Grafhorst
17
13.6.1943
2:11
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 35km NW Vlieland
18
22.6.1943
2:35
Wellington 10./NJG 1 25km W Den Helder
19
22.6.1943
2:46
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 60km W Egmont
20
22.6.1943
2:49
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 60km W Egmont
21
22.6.1943
3:24
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 140km W Den Helder
22
26.6.1943
2:22
Stirling 10./NJG 1 50km WNW Den Helder
23
26.6.1943
2:31
Stirling 10./NJG 1 3km S Hoorn
24
26.6.1943
2:43
Wellington 10./NJG 1 20km ESE Den Helder
25
26.6.1943
3:01
Lancaster 10./NJG 1 NW Makkum
26
25.7.1943
23:57
Halifax 10./NJG 1 15km NW Vlieland
27
1.9.1943
0:14
Lancaster III./NJG 3 Near Brandenburg
28
3.10.1943
0:05
Lancaster III./NJG 3 Walchensee

Victories : 28
Awards : Ehrenpokal (29 March 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (22 July 1943)
                Ritterkreuz (2 August 1943)
Units : NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3

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