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Name: Rudolf Stark
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class Rudolf Stark
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: FA(A) 296
Jasta 34, 35, 77
Victories: 11
Insignia: Lilac strip with narrow black edges
Born: 11 February 1897
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Died:  
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After serving with distinction in the 2nd Bavarian Uhlan Regiment, Stark transferred to the German Air Force. Posted to FA(A) 296 on 15 November 1917, he was soon off to Jastaschule II for fighter training. Joining Jasta 34b on 18 January 1918, he scored five confirmed victories in the spring of 1918. On 24 May, he joined Jasta 77b as acting commander and scored his sixth confirmed victory the day after he arrived. On 7 June, he was reassigned to Jasta 35b as Staffelführer where he remained until the end of the war, scoring five more victories flying a Fokker DR.I marked with a lilac colored engine cowling and a lilac band on the fuselage.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Mar 1918 1317 Jasta 34   D.H.4 Barleux
2 24 Mar 1918 1310 Jasta 34   Sopwith Camel W of Barleux
3 30 Mar 1918 1230 Jasta 34   Sopwith Dolphin E of Vaire
4 04 Apr 1918 p.m. Jasta 34   R.E.8 Fouilly
5 04 Apr 1918 p.m. Jasta 34   D.H.4 S of Hamelet
u/c 19 May 1918 Jasta 34   B.E.2f Proyart
6 25 May 1918 Jasta 77   R.E.8 W of Gentelles
u/c 28 May 1918 Jasta 77   R.E.8 Gentelles Wood
u/c 01 Jun 1918 Jasta 77   S.E.5a Soyecourt
7 01 Jul 1918 1007 Jasta 35   R.E.8 NW of Arras
u/c 09 Aug 1918 Jasta 35   Two-seater Corbie
8 12 Sep 1918 Jasta 35   A.W.F.K.8 Hermies
9 13 Sep 1918 1005 Jasta 35   D.H.4 Recourt
10 15 Sep 1918 1905 Jasta 35   Sopwith Dolphin Cagnicourt
u/c 15 Sep 1918 1910 Jasta 35   Sopwith Camel  
11 09 Nov 1918 1455 Jasta 35   S.E.5a (E5795) E of Bavai Wood
 
Books
Wings of War
A German Airman's Diary of the Last Year of the Great War (Vintage Aviation Library, No 18); Rudolf Stark, Claud W. Sykes (Translator) / Paperback / Greenhill Pr 1988
 
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