Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1893–1917)

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Prince Friedrich Karl
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Full name
Tassilo Wilhelm Humbert Leopold Friedrich Karl
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia
Mother Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
Born 6 April 1893
Schloss Klein-Glienicke
Died 6 April 1917(1917-04-06) (aged 24)
Olympic medal record
Men's Equestrian
Bronze 1912 Stockholm Team jumping
Prussian Royalty
House of Hohenzollern
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Descendants of Frederick William III
Great Great Grandchildren
   Princess Victoria Margaret
   Prince Friedrich Sigismund
   Prince Friedrich Karl
   Prince Friedrich Leopold
   Princess Marie Therese
   Princess Luise Henriette
   Princess Marianne of Prussia
   Princess Elisabeth
Great Great Great Grandchildren
   Princes Luise Victoria
   Prince Friedrich Karl

Prince Tassilo Wilhelm Humbert Leopold Friedrich Karl of Prussia (6 April 1893 – 6 April 1917) was a German prince and competitive horse rider who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.


Prince Friedrich Karl von Preußen was born in Schloss Klein-Glienicke[disambiguation needed], Potsdam/Berlin. He was the son of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia (1865–1931) and Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1866–1952) and a grandson of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia.

He was a member of the 1912 German Olympic equestrian team, which won a bronze medal in the team jumping event. His horse during the Olympic competition was "Gibson Boy".

He fought in World War I as an aviator between 1914 and 1917. He commanded FA(A)258, but flew patrols in a single seat fighter with Jasta Boelcke whenever possible[contradiction]. During one such patrol on March 21, 1917, he was forced to land because of a bullet in his engine and with a slight wound to his foot. He landed his Albatros aircraft in no-man's land, but while running towards his own lines he was shot in the back and severely wounded by Australian troops. He was taken into captivity where he died from his injuries on 6 April 1917 at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray.

Regimental Commissions[edit]

  • 1. Garderegiment zu Fuß (1st Regiment of Foot Guards), Leutnant à la suite from 1903; Leutnant by 1908.[1]
  • Fliegerabteilung (Artillerie) 258 (artillery aerial observer squadron), squadron commander, 1917.

Chivalric Orders[1][edit]

Military Decorations (1914-1917)[edit]

  • Flugzeugführerabzeichen (Pilot’s qualification badge), ca. 1917



  1. ^ a b Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.

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