Continued accumulation of points, 1 point for downing a single-engine aircraft, 2 pointsfor a twin-engine aircraft and 3 points for a four-engine aircraft. All points werex2 at night. This total was continuously raised as the war went on.
The Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves and Swords was worn in the same manner as the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves, the only differance beingin the addition of a set of crossed swords to the oakleaves above theKnight’s Cross itself.
The Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves and Swords was the next higher grade of the Knight’sCross above the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves, and as such, was an even more highly regardedaward than all those previous. This grade of the RK was actually institutedafter the first award of it was presented! The number awarded during WWII, 160, is atestiment to the even greater honor attached to this award. Like the Knight’s Crosswith Oakleaves, the RK with Oakleaves and Swords could also be awarded to foreigners and was alsoawarded to commanders in recognition of the valor of the unit they commanded.Of the 160 holders of the RK with Oakleaves and Swords, 14 are known to bealive in 1999 and of the 159 German holders, 38 (24%) are known to havebeen killed in action or are listed as missing in action during WWII.