Klaus Mietusch

Klaus Mietusch
Born 5 August 1918
Died 17 September 1944(1944-09-17) (aged 26)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–44
Rank Major
Unit JG26

World War II

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

Klaus Mietusch (5 August 1918 – 17 September 1944) was a German Luftwaffe fighter pilot during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Mietusch was credited by Nazi propaganda with 75 victories during his combat career. He was shot down by an American P-51 pilot in September 1944 and was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 18 November 1944. According to JG 26 historian Donald Caldwell, Mietusch was shot down nine previous times and was wounded at least four times. He had logged 452 combat sorties by the time of his death.[1]




  1. Caldwell 1991, p. 277.
  2. Obermaier 1989, p. 70.
  3. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 311.
  4. 1 2 Scherzer 2007, p. 544.


  • Caldwell, Donald L. (1991). JG 26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-8041-1050-6.
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1989). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger 1939 – 1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force 1939 – 1945] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-065-7. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
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