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Rudolf Mühlbauer

Rudolf Mühlbauer
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Born (1919-03-23)23 March 1919
Died 26 March 2000(2000-03-26) (aged 81)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Oberbootsmann

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Rudolf Mühlbauer (23 March 1919 – 26 March 2000) was a Maat in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Mühlbauer was born in Königsbruck. He served as a lookout on U-123 on numerous war patrols under the command of Kapitänleutnant Karl-Heinz Moehle, Kapitänleutnant Reinhard Hardegen and Oberleutnant zur See Horst von Schroeter.[1]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded by Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg on 10 December 1944 in Kiel.[2] In July 1945 Mühlbauer participated in Operation Deadlight, the sinking of various German submarines by the British.[1]

Mühlbauer died, aged 81, in Laussnitz.



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