Erich Rudorffer served throughout WWII on every front where the Luftwaffe was engaged. He downed A French Hawk 75 for his first victory in May, 1940 and his last flying the Me 262. He fought against the Western Allies until June 1943 when he was transferred to the East as Gruppenkommandeur of IV./ JG 54. He made the transition successfully and scored heavily against the Soviets. He was credited with thirteen kills in one day on 06NOV43, all Soviet fighters.
In all, Rudorffer was credited with 222 victories, 136 in the East, 26 in North Africa, and 60 in the West (including 10 heavy bombers) and 12 on the Me 262. He was himself shot down 16 times, taking to his parachute on 9 occasions. He survived the war, and passed away in 2016 at the age of 98.
The model represents Rudorffer’s Bf 109F-4 of 6. / JG2 in France, September 1941.