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Hans-Karl Stepp

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

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 1
  • Awards 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.



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


  1. ^ Patzwall 2008, p. 199.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 723.
  • Brütting, Georg (1995). Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 – 1945 [These were the German Stuka Aces 1939 – 1945] (in German). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch.  
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1941 – 1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann.  
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. (2008). Der Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg [The Honor Goblet for Outstanding Achievement in the Air War] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2005). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe III Radusch – Zwernemann [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color III Radusch – Zwernemann] (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite.  
  • 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  

External links

"Hans-Karl Stepp". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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 – 31 July 1944
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Hans-Ulrich Rudel
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