Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Korvettenkapitän Klaus Feldt

Korvettenkapitän Klaus Feldt (14 April 1912 – 7 September 2010) posed proudly in a studio photo after he received the coveted Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) in 1 January 1944 as chief of the 2. Schnellbootflottille (Fast Boat Flotilla). He is most famously credited with the destruction of HMS Exmoor on 25 February 1941 as commander of Schnellboot "S30" (HMS Exmoor was a 1,000 ton Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was a member of the first subgroup of the class, and saw service in the Second World War, before being sunk by German E-boats in 1941). Feldt himself was born as a son of Konteradmirals Constanz Feldt. On 1 April 1935 he joined the German Navy and served in various position and unit before finally stayed in Schnellbootwaffe and made a name for himself there. In his wartime career, he receives the following medals: Französische Rettungsmedaille II.Klasse (10 September 1933); Dienstauszeichnung IV.Klasse (5 April 1939); Spanienkreuz mit Schwertern in Bronze (6 June 1939); Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes (26 October 1939); Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse (16 November 1939); Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 (20 December 1939); Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boot-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände (1940); Eisernes Kreuz I.Klasse (28 April 1940); Ritterkreuz (25 April 1941); Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (27 June 1941); Schnellboots-Kriegsabzeichen (19 December 1941); Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen (3 July 1942); Finnisches Freiheitskreuz IV.Klasse (5 December 1942); and Eichenlaub #362 (1 January 1944)

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