Willius, Karl Heinz “Charly”, born 05-11-1919 in Wiesbaden, was a Hermann Goering’s
(did you know) Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Oberleutnant in the 26th JG, Air Fighter Squadron, nickname “Schlageter” , under Oberst, Josef “Pips” Priller,
Death and burial ground of Willius, Karl Heinz “Charly”.
Karl Willius was killed on 08-04-1944 over the Zuider-Zee, Holland, after being hit by fire from American P-47 fighters, he was only 24 years old. He was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross on 09-06-1944 and promoted to Oberleutnant. His remains were discovered first in 1967, in a polder in the Zuider Sea. Willius was involved in the heavy Battle of Britain, (see Bomber Harris) Operation Barbarossa and the defend of the German Fatherland. During his career he was credited with 50 aerial victories in 371 missions. Karl Willius is buried on the large German war cemetery, 32.000 graves, of Ysselsteyn, where also the first killed German General during Operation Market Garden, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Feldkommandeur der 642th in Arnhem, Friedrich Kussin and his driver and aide, are buried.
Also buried there the WWII personalities, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 376th Infanterie Regiment, Oskar von der Hagen
, Flyer aces Hauptmann, III Group of the Squadron in Twente, August Geiger, Paul Gildner, Major, Kommandeur III./N.J.G. 1, Egmond Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld,
Major, Kommandeur I./N.J.G. 100 , Heinrich Prinz zur Sayn Wittgenstein, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 526th Reserve-Division, Kurt Schmidt, Oberleutnant, II. Gruppe ,Zerstörergeschwader 141 Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 26 “Schlageter” Helmuth Woltersdorf. There is a larger German cemetery, direct over the border with Belgium, the largest in Europe with 39.000 graves. Here are buried a brother of the Luftwaffe General, Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 26 “Schlageter”, Adolf Galland, Major, Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 26 , Wilhelm “Wütz” Wilhelm and the Generalarzt, Chief Medical Officer with the Military Commander Belgium and North France, Dr. Wilhelm Dietrich, Generalmajor der Kavallerie, Kommandant von Altengrabow, Konrad von Czettritz und Neuhaus and SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur Fallschirm Jäger Regiment 9 , Friedrich Alpers.