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Bastian, Helmut (KM-Tboot)

Date of birth:
November 17th, 1916 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
March 7th, 1996 (Bremen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant zur See (Lieutenant-Junior)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See (Lieutenant-Senior)
Awarded on:
November 10th, 1940
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenan Commander)
Unit:
Kommandant Torpedoboot "Möwe" / 5.Torpedobootsflotille
Awarded on:
September 6th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandant Torpedoboot "Möwe" / 5.Torpedobootsflotille
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef Kleinkampfflotille 211
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1944
Awarded for his successful leadership of Kleinkampfflottille 211 during the late-war period. This unit was equipped with small motor boats filled with explosives. Dubbed “Linsen”, they were effectively modern fireships. By the time Bastian was awarded the Knight’s Cross his unit had been credited with sinking 12 ships with 43000 GRT. This total included the destroyer “HMS Quorn” and the trawler “HMS Gairsay”.
According to Fellgiebel received as Führer Sprengbootflotille (Kleinkampfverband).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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