Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1893–1917)

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Prince Friedrich Karl
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Born 6 April 1893
Schloss Klein-Glienicke
Died 6 April 1917(1917-04-06) (aged 24)
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
Olympic medal record
Men's Equestrian
Bronze medal – third place 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
Princess Elisabeth
Great Great Great Grandchildren
Princes Luise Victoria
Prince Friedrich Karl

Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (Tassilo Wilhelm Humbert Leopold Friedrich Karl; 6 April 1893 – 6 April 1917) was a German prince and competitive horse rider who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1]


Prince Friedrich Karl was born in Schloss Klein-Glienicke, 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 Fliegerabteilung (Artillerie) 258, an artillery spotting unit, but flew patrols in a single-seat fighter with Jasta Boelcke whenever possible. 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.[2] He was taken into captivity, where he died from his injuries on 6 April 1917 at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray.[3]

Regimental Commissions[edit]

  • 1. Garderegiment zu Fuß (1st Regiment of Foot Guards), Leutnant à la suite from 1903; Leutnant by 1908.[4]
  • Fliegerabteilung (Artillerie) 258 (artillery aerial observer squadron), squadron commander, 1917.

Chivalric Orders[4][edit]

Military Decorations (1914-1917)[edit]

  • Iron Cross, Second Class
  • Iron Cross, First Class
  • Flugzeugführerabzeichen (Pilot’s qualification badge), ca. 1917


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Friedrich Karl, Prince von Preußen". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "German royal airman's last fight". The Times. Times Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.

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