GW075 - Oswald Boelcke


we have a superb looking German pilot figure Oswald Boelcke (GW075) one of the greatest aces of his time with 40 aerial victories claimed. Boelcke drew up and inspired tactics that were formalised into the rules of air fighting, which he presented as Dicta Boelcke. Whilst he promulgated rules for individual pilots his main concern was the perfection of fighting formations rather than individual effort. He taught many pilots their craft including Manfred von Richoften. Boelcke died after having his top wing sheared off by another German pilot Erwin Bohme during an aerial dogfight with Allied pilots in 1916. Although Boelckes plane descended at a reasonable rate and crash landed without too much fuss on the German side of the front, Boelcke was killed by the simple fact he had not strapped himself in properly and never wore a flying helmet, he was only 25 years old. With German Jasta formations frequently being moved from one area of the front to another where they were most needed, pilots and mechanics had to make do sometimes with makeshift accommodation including tents. Our portrayal of Boelcke has him taking an early morning shave outside, in preparation for the first patrol of the day.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 19 May, 2017.

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