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A group of II.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 2 (JG 2) “Richthofen” personnel in Tunisia, early 1943. Third from the left is Oberleutnant Erich Rudorffer (temporary Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 2), who ended the war as a Major with 224 victories and the recipient of Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. To the right of Rudorffer is Oberleutnant Kurt Bühligen (Staffelkapitän 4./JG 2). One of the most successful German pilots in Tunisia, scoring 40 kills there. Bühligen ended the war as an Oberstleutnant with 112 victories and got the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub. Following the hospitalisation of Hauptmann Adolf Dickfeld (136 victories, RK-EL) with injuries received in a landing accident, Oberleutnant Rudorffer assumed temporary command of II./JG 2.

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