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Waldemar Radener
Born (1921-01-24)January 24, 1921
Died 8 January 1957(1957-01-08) (aged 35)
Place of birth Lüchtringen
Place of death Schongau
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (Wehrmacht)
Luftwaffe (Bundeswehr)
Years of service ?–1945
Rank Oberleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Hauptmann (Bundeswehr)
Unit JG 26
JG 300
Commands held II./JG 26
II./JG 300

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Waldemar Radener[Note 1] (24 January 1921 – 8 January 1957) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Radener was born on 24 January 1921 at Lüchtrigen and as a Leutnant joined 4 staffel, Jagdgeschwader 26 "Schlageter" (JG 26) in February 1943 following completion of training. Radener claimed his first victory, an Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfire, on 3 May 1943 and two United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt's near Arnhem on 30 July. Radener was appointed Staffelkapitän (squadron leader) of 6 staffel, JG 26 in August. Radener shot down a P-47 on 11 January 1944 to record his 10th claim, and was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 16 April. On 11 May Radener downed a B-24 Liberator bomber but then accidentally rammed a second in his Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8. He baled out with minor injuries. Radener was again shot down by USAAF P-51 Mustang fighters on 15 June and suffered injuries on landing keeping him hospitalised until the end of the month.

In September 1944 Oberleutnant Radener was re-appointed Staffelkapitän, 7./JG 26, and by the end of 1944 had 23 credited victories. Radener was then made Gruppenkommandeur (group commander) of II./JG 26 in January 1945, and in February 1945 transferred to command II./Jagdgeschwader 300 (JG 300).

Radener was awarded the Ritterkreuz in March 1945 and survived the war. He joined the Bundesluftwaffe but was killed in a flying accident on 8 January 1957 near Schongau.

Radener was credited with 37 victories and 14 unconfirmed victories, all recorded over the Western front. These included 12 heavy bombers (10 USAAF, 2 RAF) with another six unconfirmed.



  1. According to Scherzer later named Waldemar Radener-Blaschke.[1]


  1. Scherzer 2007, p. 610.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 364.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 283.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939–1945 (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 3-87341-065-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Major Anton Hackl
Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26
30 January 1945 – 22 February 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Paul Schauder
Preceded by
Major Alfred Lindenberger
Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 300
23 February 1945 – 16 April 1945
Succeeded by
Hauptmann Karl-Heinz Dietsche

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