- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
- Flugzeugführer, 6. Staffel, II. Gruppe, Jagdgeschwader 300, Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- March 21st, 1945
Zwesken’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“In the time period 21.06.-31.12.1944 Oberfeldwebel Zwesken achieved 15 aerial victories (including 11 four-engined bombers and 4 enemy fighters).
On the 22.08.1944 he achieved 1 probable and 3 certain kills against enemy fighters over the course of fierce aerial combat. On the 31.12.1944 his aircraft was set afire during the first run against the enemy, however he did not disengage from the enemy bombers and instead proceeded to shoot down 2 four-engined bombers in his own burning plane.
Oberfeldwebel Zwesken is an outstanding fighter pilot who has distinguished himself through his boldness and exceptional flying abilities.
Oberfeldwebel Zwesken has also proven himself as a formation leader, and in this role he has led the Gruppe to glorious victories.
Oberfeldwebel Zwesken was submitted for the German Cross in Gold on the 23.12.1944. Since this date he has gone on to destroy 1 Mustang and 2 Boeing aircraft.
I believe that this brave pilot is worthy of being awarded the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross due to his achievements and bravery on the battlefield.”
According to his kill list, Zwesken had by this time destroyed 6 B-17s, 5 B-24s, 3 P-38s and 1 P-51.