Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1893–1917)
|Prince Friedrich Karl|
6 April 1893|
6 April 1917 24) (aged|
|House||House of Hohenzollern|
|Father||Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia|
|Mother||Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg|
|Olympic medal record|
|1912 Stockholm||Team jumping|
|House of Hohenzollern|
|Descendants of Frederick William III|
Prince Friedrich Karl von Preußen 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. He was taken into captivity, where he died from his injuries on 6 April 1917 at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray.
- 1. Garderegiment zu Fuß (1st Regiment of Foot Guards), Leutnant à la suite from 1903; Leutnant by 1908.
- Fliegerabteilung (Artillerie) 258 (artillery aerial observer squadron), squadron commander, 1917.
- Knight, Order of the Black Eagle, 1903
- Knight Grand Cross (with Crown), Order of the Red Eagle, 1903
- Knight, First Class, Prussian Crown Order, 1903
- Knight Grand Commander, Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, ca 1903
Military Decorations (1914-1917)
- Iron Cross, Second Class
- Iron Cross, First Class
- Flugzeugführerabzeichen (Pilot’s qualification badge), ca. 1917
- "Friedrich Karl, Prince von Preußen". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- Schench, G. Handbuch über den Königlich Preuβischen Hof und Staat fur das Jahr 1908. Berlin, Prussia, 1907.
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