23 September 1913
19 April 1944
|Years of service||1937–44|
|Rank||Hauptmann der Reserves|
|Unit||JG 3, EJGr Ost|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Otto Weßling (23 September 1913 – 19 April 1944) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. 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. Otto Weßling claimed 83 victories, in 500 missions. He was shot down by a P-51 Mustang near Kassel on 19 April 1944. He managed to crash-land his damaged Messerschmitt Bf 109 and was killed by a strafing P-51. On 20 July 1944 he was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann der Reserves and received the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross.
- Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe
- Iron Cross (1939)
Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black
- German Cross in Gold on 11 May 1942 as Oberfeldwebel in the 9./Jagdgeschwader 3
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Weal 2012, p. 71.
- Thomas 1998, p. 440.
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 509.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 444.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 781.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 85.
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- 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.
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- Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York:
- Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- Weal, John (2012). Bf 109 Defence of the Reich Aces. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78096-349-5.
- According to Scherzer on 4 September 1942 as pilot in the 1./Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet".
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Aces of the Luftwaffe
- World War 2 Awards.com