Boelcke, Oswald

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Boelcke, Oswald Gender: M
Oswald Max Bölcke
born on 19 May 1891 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Halle (Sachsen-Anhalt), Germany, 51n29, 11e58
Timezone LMT m11e58 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°42' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 02°40 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 06°18'

Oswald Boelcke (circa 1916)


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, as well as the "Father of Air Fighting Tactics". He was the first to formalize the tactics of air fighting, which he presented as the Dicta Boelcke. While he promulgated rules for the individual pilot, his main concern was the use of formation fighting rather than single effort.

The German flying 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.

He died of a fractured skull in a plane crash on 28 October 1916, aged 25, near Douai.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Death by Accident 28 October 1916 (Fractured skull in plane crash, age 25)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Halle Archives.


  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 25)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military (Flying ace)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Dicta Boelcke")
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession ("Father of Air Fighting Tactics")