Rieger, Siegfried

Date of birth:
February 19th, 1915 (Waldsee/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 13th, 1999 (Bad Waldsee/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeuerwachter
Unit:
Sprengkommando 1 der Luftwaffe, Festung Berlin, Luftgau III, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 8th, 1945
Details:
Person is not mentioned in Patzwall / Scherzer.
Award date according to the personal career data of Siegfried Rieger.
Oberfeldwebel Siegfried Rieger recieved the DKiG as can be seen on the contemporary group photograph on the three Berliner Feuerwerker RKT (see viewtopic.php?t=41862 ). Neither Scherzer (2005), nor Patzwall & Scherzer (2001) confirms this but it's obvious on that particular photo.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Feuerwerker, Sprengkommando 1 der Luftwaffe, Festung Berlin, Luftgau III, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1945
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
Siegfried Rieger was among the small (10 men) Feuerwerker Kommando whose main task was to disarm unexploded allied bombs in Berlin. After disarming hundreds of bombs Rieger disarmed several unexploded bombs near the Reichskanzlei. The next day he was summoned to the Führerbunker and was awarded the Knight’s Cross by Hitler for his saving of the Reichskanzlei.

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