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Date: Monday, 20 October 1941
Place: Soviet Union
Oberleutnant (First Lieutenant) Hans-Ulrich Rudel (Staffelkapitän 9.Staffel/III.Gruppe/Sturzkampfgeschwader 2/Luftflotte 1) drinks from his Goblet after the presentation of the Luftwaffe Honor Goblet (Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für Besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg) in 20 October 1941. Established in February 1940, the Ehrenpokal was awarded by the authority of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring to Luftwaffe personnel "for special achievement in the airwar". This was an award for aircrew only. Funding for the production of the goblet was provided by the German Aviation Industry. Hans-Ulrich Rudel (2 July 1916 – 18 December 1982) was a Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War II. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only 27 military men to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, and the only person to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten), Germany's highest military decoration! Rudel flew 2,530 combat missions claiming a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, 4 armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship 'Marat'! He actually received the Honor Goblet from 20 September 1941, but the mentioning in the "Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe" (and also award ceremony) happened on October 20th, 1941.