Hans-Karl Stepp

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Hans-Karl Stepp
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Hans-Karl Stepp
Born (1914-09-14)14 September 1914
Gießen
Died 12 December 2006(2006-12-12) (aged 92)
Leipzig
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1936–45
Rank Oberstleutnant
Unit StG 2
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)
Other work Lawyer

Hans-Karl Stepp (2 September 1914 – 12 December 2006) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Stuka ace.[Notes 1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Biography

Hans-Karl 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 with Sturzkampfgeschwader 76. He also served in the Reichsluftwaffenministerium in Berlin.

Awards

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
25 April 1944 Das Schlachtgeschwader Immelmann hat sich unter Führung seines Kommodore, Ritterkreuzträgers Oberstleutnant Step (sic), an der Ostfront besonders bewährt.[5] The Immelmann ground attack wing has especially proven itself under the leadership of its Commodore, Knight's Cross recipient Lieutenant Colonel Step, on the Eastern Front.

Notes

  1. For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1998, p. 349.
  2. Patzwall 2008, p. 199.
  3. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 459.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 723.
  5. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 88.

Bibliography

  • Brütting, Georg (1992) [1976]. Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 – 1945 (in German) (7th ed.). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch. ISBN 978-3-87943-433-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-021-3. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-08-3. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2005). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe III Radusch – Zwernemann (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-22-5. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

"Hans-Karl Stepp". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 14 October 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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