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Updated on March 3, 2014

Oswald Boelcke

Oswald Boelcke 19 May 1891 - 28 October 1916) was a German flying ace of the First World War and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians of the early years of air combat. Boelcke is considered the father of the German fighter air force; he was the first to formalize the rules of air fighting, which he presented as the Dicta Boelcke. Germany's premier ace, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), had been taught by Boelcke and continued to idolize his late mentor long after he had surpassed Boelcke's tally of victories.

KNIGHT OF GERMANY: Oswald Boelcke German Ace

The complete story of the fighter pilot the Red Baron sought to emulate, German air ace Oswald Boelcke was a national hero during World War I, and was the youngest captain in the German air force, decorated with the Pour Ie Merite while still only a lieutenant and with 40 aerial victories at the time of his death.

Richthofen & Böelcke in Their Own Words

The Red Battle Flyer

by Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

An Aviator's Field Book

by Oswald Böelcke

Two books written by two of the greatest flyers of World War One.

Oswald Boelcke - The Dicta Boelcke

Oswald Boelcke

Ace of World War I

He was initially posted to Fliegerabteilung 13. He transferred to Fliegerabteilung 62 in April 1915, based at Douai. Boelcke's observer shot down their first enemy aircraft on July 4, 1915. In the same month, Boelcke and Max Immelmann became the first German fighter pilots, being given two of the five constructed Fokker M.5K/MG production prototypes of the Fokker E.I aircraft, fitted with a synchronized forward-firing Parabellum machine gun. Boelcke won his first aerial combat on 19 August 1915, downed four more enemy aircraft before the end of the year and had four more 'kills' in January 1916. Also in January 1916 he and Immelmann were the first German fliers to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest military medal. After Immelmann was killed in June 1916, Boelcke became the top German ace. In March 1916 Boelcke was made leader of the newly formed Fliegerabteilung Sivery and led them in action over Verdun.

Fokker DR.1 Triplane

The Fokker Dr.1 Triplane, one of the aircraft that most of the German Aces used during the Great War. Equipped with the 110 hp Oberurel rotary engine and twin Spandau machine guns that could be fired independently, this airplane had an excellent rate of climb and could match the Camel for maneuverability

Oswald Boelcke, Mentor of the Red Baron

Oswald Boelcke, Mentor of the Red Baron
Oswald Boelcke, Mentor of the Red Baron

The Death of Oswald Boelcke

Oswald Boelcke

Oswald Boelcke
Oswald Boelcke

Pfalz Aircraft of WWI:

A Centennial Perspective

on Great War Airplanes (Volume 5)

This is the newest book from World War One Author Jack Herris. Illustrations by Bob Pearson and Martin Digmayer, cover art by Aaron Weaver and cover design by Steve Anderson. This new book covers the development of Pfalz aircraft that most of the German Aces of World War One flew. The new book contains 530 photographs, 28 in full color, 81 color profiles, 10 color illustrations, serial number of aircraft. Also aircraft dimensions and performance specs. 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings are included of 15 Pfalz aircraft types.

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      milky-way-35977 5 years ago

      Cool and nice lenses for every day occassion

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Julie, you've never heard of the great Oswald Boelcke? Not surprising, a lot of people haven't, but he was the one of the first great German Aces of World War I. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, never heard of the guy ... but it sure is heart-warming to know that YOU have done a tribute lens to him.