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Tietzen, Horst

    Date of birth:
    July 19th, 1912 (Neu-Ostwalter/Brandenburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    August 18th, 1940 (over the Thames/England, Great Britain)
    Buried on:
    German War Cemetery Bourdon
    Plot: 17. Row: 1. Grave: 10.
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Tietzen was credited with 27 victories, 7 during the Spanish Civil War and 20 during World War II.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Staffelführer 5. / Jagdgeschwader 51
    Awarded on:
    August 20th, 1940
    The following wartime excerpt (dated 30.08.1940) describes why Tietzen received the Knight’s Cross…

    “Hauptmann Tietzen particularly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot. He succeeded in shooting down 20 enemy aircraft. His persistent readiness for duty and brave conduct have now been recognized with the award of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”

    Awarded posthumously.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 6th, 1940
    Besides those four officers already mentioned over the past weeks a further three fighter pilots achieved 20 or more aerial victories in aerial combat, these are: Hauptmann Mayer, Hauptmann Oesau and Hauptmann Tietzen. At the top of the victors stands Major Mölders with 32 aerial victories.
    Wehrmachtbericht

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