Prince Christoph of Hesse (Christoph Ernst August; 14 May 1901 – 7 October 1943) was a nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm II. He was an SS-Oberführer in the Allgemeine SS and an officer in the Luftwaffe Reserve, killed on active duty in a plane crash during World War II .
The fall of 1943 was to be a devastating one for the Hessen family. On October 7, Christoph boarded a plane in Italy to return to Germany. The aircraft struck a mountain at 1,000 feet, killing Christoph and the pilot instantly. His wife, Princess Sophie, was widowed at 29, pregnant with their fifth child.
Prince Christoph and Princess Sophie had five children, including Princess Dorothea of Hesse, and remained happily married until his death in a plane crash in 1943, while serving the Nazis in WWII. Embed from Getty Images
Prince Christoph was a director in the Third Reich Air Ministry, an SS colonel and the chief of Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering's secret intelligence service – responsible for spying on...
Christoph Ernst August of Hesse (Frankfurt, 14 May 1901 – Apennine Mountains near Forlì, 7 October 1943) was the fifth son of Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse and Princess Margaret of Prussia. He was a German SS officer killed accidentally during World War II. Contents 1 Career 2 Family 3 Ancestry 4 References Career
He is the eldest son and successor of German aristocrat Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, and his former wife, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.  A great-grandson of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, he is named in part after Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse.
Sophie married her second cousin, Prince Christoph of Hesse, when she was just 16. Christoph was a director of the Third Reich’s Ministry of Air Forces and held the rank of Oberführer in the...