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Horst-Günther von Fassong
Horst-Günther von Fassong
Born (1919-04-27)27 April 1919
Died 1 January 1945(1945-01-01) (aged 25)
Place of birth Kassel
Place of death near Maastricht, Netherlands
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer, Luftwaffe
Rank Hauptmann
Unit JG 51, JG 11
Commands held 10./JG 51, III./JG 11

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hauptmann Horst-Günther von Fassong (born 27 April 1919 in Kassel – MIA 1 January 1945) was a German World War II Luftwaffe Flying ace.[Note 1] A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[3] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Horst-Günther von Fassong participated in Operation Bodenplatte and was last seen on 1 January 1945 engaged in aerial combat near Maastricht. Unteroffizier Armin Mehling, Von Fassong's wingman, reported that Von Fassong was shot down by two P-47 Thunderbolts over Asch flying a Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8 (Werknummer 682 792—factory number).[2] The flight was flying at a height of 15 to 20 metres (49 to 66 ft) when they were pounced upon by six P-47s. Von Fassong's aircraft was hit and burned immediately. The aircraft crashed in a big ball of flames.[4]



  1. According to Spick, Von Fassong is credited with 136 aerial victories, 90 of which claimed over the Eastern Front and 46 in the western theatre of operations, including four heavy bombers.[1] According to Obermaier he is credited with 75, potentially about 80, aerial victories, among them 10 claimed over the Western Front, including four heavy bombers.[2]


  1. Spick 1996, p. 230.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Obermaier 1989, p. 109.
  3. Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  4. Manrho and Pütz 2010, p. 269.
  5. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 109.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 177.
  7. Scherzer 2007, p. 302.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945. Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1941 – 1945]. Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. 
  • Manrho, John and Pütz, Ron (2010). Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0686-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 978-0-8041-1696-1. 

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