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Steen, Ernst-Siegfried

Date of birth:
September 29th, 1912 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
September 23rd, 1941 (Kronstadt/Leningrad Oblast, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1939
Received for his part in the fightings in Poland.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Nr. 2218.
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
The "spange" was awarded simultaniously with the medal as Nr. 2218
Spange zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Staffelkapitän III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
March 14th, 1940
Received for two months acting with III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 from Slovakia during the campaign in Poland. Only two sorties were flown.
The wearing of the decorations was recognized by the German authorities on 21st August 1940.
Za Obranu Slovenska Javorina Orava
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
2. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 76
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Received for his part in the fightings in the West.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Sturzkampfgeschwader 3
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1941
Pilots Badge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
1. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1941
Frontflugspange für Kampfflieger in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Stukageschwader 2 "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1941
Received in recognition of his 301 sorties flown, as well as the following achievements...

- His Staffel's destruction of the important Oise bridge near Pont St. Maxence on 09.06.1940.
- Damaging a British destroyer near the Caso Strait.
- Destroying the road bridge across the Volkhov near Novgorod on 14.09.1941 with a direct hit.
- Damaging the Soviet cruiser "Kirov" with a 1000 kg bomb. During a diving attack on this ship his elevator was damaged and he died while trying to crash into the ship, only barely missing it.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
III. / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2. "Immelmann"
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1942

Sources

  • - OBERMAIER, ERNST, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Verlag Dieter Hoffmann, Mainz, 1976.
    - 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
    - Patzwall K.D., Hauptmann Ernst-Siegfried Steen - Ritterkreuzträger im "Goldenen Buch der Flieger", pagina 217-225, Militaria magazine 6/2008, November-Dezember 2008, 31.Jahrgang, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, ISSN 0724-3529

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