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Oscar Boesch was born in Austria on 18 May 1924. As a qualified glider pilot he join the Luftwaffe in August of 1943 and volunteered for Sturm Staffel 1, a new unit formed by Major von Kornatzki to lead the effort to stop enemy bombers. In his twelve months serving as an operational pilot, Oscar Boesch was shot down eight times, had four bail outs, and four crash-landings.

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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. 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.

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At the 2001 Geneseo Airshow I had a great opportunity to fly along side Oscar Boesch during a unique glider tow. Oscar’s tow-plane was a no-show so a plan was devised to tow Oscar with one of The Great War Flying Museum’s replicas. Jerry Fotheringham, a former British fighter pilot, flying a WWI Fokker Dr.1 replica towed Oscar, a WWII German Fighter pilot in his ASW-15. Chase plane pilot was Tim Wall flying his Citabria.

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Last pass by Ontario Place on his way back to the Toronto Island Airport during the CIAS

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