Hans-Karl Stepp

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Hans-Karl Stepp
Hans-Karl Stepp.jpg
Born (1914-09-14)14 September 1914
Died 12 December 2006(2006-12-12) (aged 92)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe
Rank Oberstleutnant
Commands held StG 2
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Relations Dietrich Peltz (brother in law)

Hans-Karl Stepp (2 September 1914 – 12 December 2006) was a German Stuka ace in the Luftwaffe during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany.

Stepp was born on 2 September 1914 in Gießen as son to a University professor. Stepp studied eight semesters of law in Tübingen, Breslau and Munich before joining the Luftwaffe as Fahnenjunker in 1936. He fought in the Invasion of Poland and Battle of France. He also served in the Reichsluftwaffenministerium in Berlin.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas 1998, p. 349.
  2. ^ Patzwall 2008, p. 199.
  3. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 459.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 723.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg [The Honor Goblet for Outstanding Achievement in the Air War] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Dr. Ernst Kupfer
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 Immelmann
1 October 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
Schlachtgeschwader 2 Immelmann
Preceded by
Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 Immelmann
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 2 Immelmann
18 October 1943 – 30 September 1944
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel