Günther Steinhausen
Leutnant

Günther Steinhausen

   Günther Steinhausen was born on 15 September 1917 at Lobkevitz on the Island of Rügen. Steinhausen was posted to JG 27 in spring 1941. Unteroffizier Steinhausen was assigned to 1./JG 27. He was to be particularly successful over North Africa. He recorded his first victory on 9 June, when he shot down a RAF Hurricane fighter north of Tobruk. Steinhausen shot down a RAF Tomahawk fighter on 26 August for his fifth victory. It is thought his victim was the upcoming British ace Sergeant Maurice Hards (7 destroyed, two probable and 4 damaged victories) who force-landed, wounded in the leg on the Mersa Matruh-Sidi Barrani road. On 28 March, Steinhausen claimed his 10th victory, when he shot down a RAF Kittyhawk fighter near Tmimi. He shot down four RAF fighters in the El Adem area on 16 June (20-23) and claimed a further four on 28 June near Sidi Haneish (27-30). Steinhausen claimed a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber shot down for his 34th victory on 9 July 1942. On 6 September 1942, Steinhausen shot down a Hurricane southeast of El Alamein. However, he was then shot down in Bf 109 F-4 (W.Nr. 13 272) “White 5”. He remains missing to this day. Steinhausen was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz and promoted to the rank of Leutnant on 3 November.
    Günther Steinhausen was credited with 40 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western front and included one four-engine bomber.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1
9.6.1941
5:05
Hurricane 1./JG 27 N Tobruk Hurricane of 73 Sqn, RAF
2
18.6.1941
6:05
Buffalo 1./JG 27 Buq Buq P-40 of 250 Sqn, RAF
3
2.8.1941
18:50
Hurricane 1./JG 27 40km NW Marsa Matruh Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF
4
2.8.1941
18:50
Hurricane 1./JG 27 40km NW Marsa Matruh Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF
5
26.8.1941
-
P-40 1./JG 27 N Sidi Barrani Tomahawk IIb (AK374) of 250 Sqn, RAF flown by Sgt MS Hards (7/2/4 victories), force-landed, wounded
6
14.9.1941
18:15
P-40 1./JG 27 SE Gasr el Ahrid Tomahawk of 3 Sqn, RAAF
7
7.1.1942
13:02
P-40 1./JG 27 NE Agedabia Tomahawk of 2 or 4 Sqn, SAAF
8
9.1.1942
15:05
P-40 1./JG 27 E Agedabia Hurricane of 229 Sqn, RAF
9
9.1.1942
15:30
P-40 1./JG 27 E Agedabia Hurricane of 229 Sqn, RAF
10
28.3.1942
13:40
P-40 1./JG 27 S Tmimi Kittyhawk of 94 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O Crosbie
11
11.4.1942
10:50
P-40 1./JG 27 N Bir Habex Tomahawk of 4 Sqn, SAAF
12
25.4.1942
10:10
P-40 1./JG 27 ESE Ain el Gazala -
13
22.5.1942
7:50
P-40 1./JG 27 20km S Martuba Kittyhawk of 112 or 250 Sqn, RAF
14
28.5.1942
10:00
Hurricane 1./JG 27 5km N Gasr el Ahrid Hurricane of 80 Sqn, RAF flown by F/Sgt Wintersdorf
15
31.5.1942
7:25
P-40 1./JG 27 N Bir Hacheim Tomahawk of 4 Sqn, SAAF
16
31.5.1942
7:35
P-40 1./JG 27 N Bir Hacheim Tomahawk of 4 Sqn, SAAF
17
9.6.1942
7:53
P-40 1./JG 27 S Mteifel Chebir Tomahawk of 4 or 5 Sqn, SAAF
18
12.6.1942
19:03
Hurricane 1./JG 27 W El Adem Hurricane of 73 or 208 Sqn, RAF
19
12.6.1942
19:14
P-40 1./JG 27 SSW El Adem Kittyhawk of 260 Sqn, RAF
20
16.6.1942
18:00
Hurricane 1./JG 27 E El Adem Hurricane of 73 or 208 Sqn, RAF
21
16.6.1942
18:10
P-40 1./JG 27 E El Adem Tomahawk of 2, 4 or 5 Sqn, SAAF
22
16.6.1942
18:14
P-40 1./JG 27 SW El Adem -
23
16.6.1942
18:20
P-40 1./JG 27 E Gambut Kittyhawk of 250 Sqn, RAF
24
27.6.1942
8:58
Martin 167 1./JG 27 WSW El Daba Baltimore of 223 Sqn, RAF
25
27.6.1942
18:27
Hurricane 1./JG 27 SW Fuka -
26
27.6.1942
18:30
Hurricane 1./JG 27 SW Fuka -
27
28.6.1942
11:25
Hurricane 1./JG 27 SW Fuka Hurricane of 238 Sqn, RAF
28
28.6.1942
11:30
Hurricane 1./JG 27 S Fuka Hurricane of 238 Sqn, RAF
29
28.6.1942
11:31
Hurricane 1./JG 27 SW Fuka Hurricane of 238 Sqn, RAF
30
28.6.1942
11:33
Hurricane 1./JG 27 SW Fuka Hurricane of 238 Sqn, RAF
31
3.7.1942
9:15
P-40 1./JG 27 ESE El Alamein -
32
4.7.1942
17:05
Hurricane 1./JG 27 20km SSE El Alamein Hurricane of 1 Sqn, SAAF
33
5.7.1942
18:00
P-46 1./JG 27 Burg el Arab -
34
9.7.1942
18:00
B-24 1./JG 27 100km NW Bir el Astas B-24 of Halverston Detachment, USAAF
35
22.8.1942
14:07
Spitfire 1./JG 27 7km S El Hammam Spitfire V of 601 Sqn, RAF flown by F/S Schofield
36
25.8.1942
12:14
Hurricane 1./JG 27 S El Alamein Hurricane of 213 or 274 Sqn, RAF
37
1.9.1942
17:46
Hurricane 1./JG 27 Alam el Halfa -
38
3.9.1942
15:43
Hurricane 1./JG 27 N Manga el Rahla -
39
3.9.1942
15:46
Hurricane 1./JG 27 N Manga el Rahla -
40
6.9.1942
7:57
P-40 1./JG 27 SE El Alamein Hurricane of 7 Sqn, SAAF or 274 Sqn, RAF

Victories : 40
Awards : Ehrenpokal (5 August 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (21 August 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (3 November 1942)
Units : JG 27

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