Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust

Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust

Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust
Born 17 April 1913
Died 27 March 1991(1991-03-27) (aged 77)
Allegiance Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1931–34
Rank Oberst
Unit Condor Legion
Kampfgeschwader 27
Commands held Kampfgeschwader 27

Spanish Civil War
World War II

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

Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust[a] (17 April 1913 – 27 March 1991) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hans-Henning Freiherr von Beust was captured by American troops in May 1945 and was released in June 1947. He later joined the Bundeswehr in 1957 and retired in 1971.

Awards and decorations


  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 43.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 112.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 64.

External links

  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939–1945
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2 Awards.com
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Gerhard Ulbricht
Commander of Kampfgeschwader 27
1 March 1942 – November 1943
Succeeded by
Major Rudi Kiel