Jun 27, 2012, 12:10 PM
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A great aviator
For any of you aviation/W.W. II fans, you might be interested in knowing my dear friend, Oscar Boesch, who flew Fock-Wolfe 190 fighters in the war has died at age 88.
Oscar downed about 28 aircraft, mostly American bombers, but a few fighters like a British Spitfire, Russian Yak-19, etc, as well.
Oscar performed at over 600 air shows in Canada and the USA, and he put on a dazzling display with his sailplane. He is the only person ever to have flown a non-powered glider/sailplane non stop from Toronto to Montreal, Quebec, a distance of about 350 miles.
He was a real fine gentleman, a great pilot, and we shared many great moments in our homes, and at the air shows.
A few years ago, he told me he would like to meet the family of a Spitfire pilot he shot down on Jan 1st 1945. I told him I would try to track his family down, and found the Spitfire pilot has two nephews living in Toronto.
I contacted one of them ( a lawyer) and he asked to meet Oscar. He assured me he had no animosity towards the man who shot his uncle down.
We met in a hotel restaurant near Pearson Intnl Airport, and we talked for over 3 hours. I decided to leave, and the two gentlemen agreed, but Oscar took Grant Doak ( Joe Doak's nephew ) out to where his car was parked.
He opened the trunk and took out a 2 1/2 foot long piece of Joe Doak's wooden Spitfire propeller. He also had some other mementos of the war.
Oscar was shot down 4 times and used his parachute to survive, and he crash landed 4 times. He had a head on collision with a Russian Yak-19, and the Russian pilot was killed, and Oscar was taken prisoner by some Russians. He later escaped and walked all the way back to Austria ( except for a ride on a found bicycle ), and walked into his home on his 21st birthday. The war was over.
He was a fine man, and a great pilot, and a great friend. I will miss his familiar greeting " Awe Beel , how is my friend today? "
I am glad to have flown aerobatics a couple times with Oscar at his glider club 20 years ago. It is interesting to see what people accomplished, who were lucky enough to survive the war. Skill helps, but luck & fate are better.
A lot of German aces got second chances and more because they ended up fighting defensively, near the front lines, while American fighter pilots escorting bombers on long range missions would end up as POW's if they got hit just once.
Oscar also flew the glider used in an early IMAX film -- the glide ratio apparently was rather poor with a giant IMAX camera strapped on top of the low drag glider.
While Oscar did some parachute jumps out of necessity, he never got into sport parachuting, did he?
I know that another glider aerobatic airshow pilot, Manfred Radius, was a skydiver, although I'm not sure that he's jumped in ages.
You are correct. He took down a Yak 3 and later a Yak 9, which was a head on collision. The Russian Pilot was killed, and Oscar's chute opened seconds before his feet hit the ground. He hurt his knee when it wacked the vertical stabilizer of his FW-190.
There is a list of his victoires if you google his name, and then click on the top thread that comes up.