|Birthname||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)|
|Astrology data||27°42' 02°40 Asc. 06°18'|
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.
- (has as) student relationship with Richthofen, Manfred von (born 2 May 1892)
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")