VIP Biography - Oscar Boesch

Luftwaffe Pilot

IV. / JG3 "Udet"

"Battle of the Bulge"

December 1944

Oscar Boesch is a native of Austria, and grew up in the mountains where he developed his love for flying by watching eagles fly. Growing up, he learned to design, build, and fly gliders and this hobby eventually led him to join the Luftwaffe in August of 1942 and volunteered for Sturm Staffel 1, a new unit formed by Major von Kornatzki to lead the effort to stop enemy bombers.

His first mission was in April 1944, where he crash landed and flipped his Fw-190 on its back. Later on in May, Sturm-Staffel I became II Staffel with 10 and 13 Staffel added to form IV./JG 3 "Udet". While he was with the JG-3, Oscar escorted Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudelís Stukas on the eastern front during ground support missions for the Battle of Berlin in April 1945.

In his twelve months serving as an operational pilot, Oscar Boesch was shot down eight times, had four bail outs, and four crash-landings. He lost eight Fw-190s. He flew a total of 120 combat missions, and on this last mission, he collided with a Russian YAK-9 fighter over Berlin during the final days of the war. He was eventually captured by the Russians, but managed to escape after a few days. During the escape, he walked 1,000 kilometers in the span of a few days to Austria. Over the course of the war, Boesch's unit suffered a 350% loss and he is only one of three known survivors.

In his career, he reached a score of 18 victories, which earned him the Iron Cross First and Second Class. Among the enemy aircraft that he downed were a Spitfire, a Mustang, six B-17s, two B-24s, four IL-2s, two LAGG-5s, and two YAK-9s.

He currently lives in Canada with his wife Editha, and has three children. Oscar still performs at air shows in Canada and the US, and has appeared in the IMAX movie Silent Sky. His aircraft were also depicted in various portraits by military artist Robert Bailey.

 
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