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Schnell, Siegfried

Date of birth:
January 23rd, 1916 (Zielenzig/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 25th, 1944 (south of Narva, Estonia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Was killed in action on 25th February 1944 as Kommandeur IV. / Jagdgeschwader 54 with the rank of Hauptmann. Was posthumously promoted to Major.

Flew a total of 248 sorties, during which he achieved a total of 93 aerial victories (including at least 87 in the West, of which 3 were four-engined bombers).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 4. / II. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1940
Awarded after 20 aerial victories, of which most were during the battle of Britain.
158th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer 9. / Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen"
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
Awarded after 40 aerial victories.
18th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
9. / Jagdgeschwader 2
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1942
Award 3/77
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
    - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Kurowski F., Oberleutnant Otto Kittel, Der erfolgreichste Jagdflieger des Jagdgeschwaders 54, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Katalog 32.Auktion, Auktionshaus Andreas Thies, 3 mai 2007

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