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Otto Weßling

Otto Weßling
Born 23 September 1913
Bad Harzburg
Died 19 April 1944(1944-04-19) (aged 30)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–44
Rank Hauptmann der Reserves
Unit JG 3, EJGr Ost

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Weßling (23 September 1913 – 19 April 1944) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. 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. Otto Weßling claimed 83 victories, in 500 missions. He was shot down by a P-51 Mustang near Kassel on 19 April 1944. He managed to crash-land his damaged Messerschmitt Bf 109 and was killed by a strafing P-51.[1] On 20 July 1944 he was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann der Reserves and received the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.



  1. ^ Weal 2012, p. 71.
  2. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 440.
  3. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 509.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 444.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 781.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.


  1. ^ According to Scherzer on 4 September 1942 as pilot in the 1./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet".[5]

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Aces of the Luftwaffe
  • World War 2
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