Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a German ground-attack pilot during World War II, in which he was the most decorated German serviceman and a recipient of the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds.
Rudel was credited with the destruction of 519 enemy tanks, one battleship, one cruiser, 70 landing craft and 150 artillery emplacements. He scored 11 aerial victories and the destruction of more than 800 vehicles. He flew 2,530 ground-attack missions exclusively on the Eastern Front, usually flying the Junkers Ju 87 'Stuka' dive bomber.
Rudel surrendered to US forces in 1945 and emigrated to Argentina. A loyal friend, he helped other persecuted German patriots escape to Latin America and the Middle East. He also worked as an arms dealer to several right-wing regimes in South America, continuing his battle against global Communism.