Oswald Boelcke

1891 - 1916

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Oswald Boelcke PlM (German: [ˈbœlkə]; 19 May 1891 – 28 October 1916) was a World War I German professional soldier and pioneering flying ace credited with 40 aerial victories. Boelcke is honored as the father of the German fighter air force, and of air combat as a whole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oswald Boelcke has received more than 501,793 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Oswald Boelcke is the 753rd most popular military personnel (down from 686th in 2019), the 1,856th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,691st in 2019) and the 136th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Oswald Boelcke ranks 753 out of 2,058Before him are William Iron Arm, Max von Gallwitz, Doc Holliday, Fritz Freitag, Abu Bakr ibn Umar, and Chen Youliang. After him are Wakisaka Yasuharu, Jukums Vācietis, Alexander Marinesko, Albert Leo Schlageter, Khaydhar ibn Kawus al-Afshin, and Fritz von Below.

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Among people born in 1891, Oswald Boelcke ranks 60Before him are Shukri al-Quwatli, John Heartfield, Hu Shih, Jacques Lipchitz, Hans F. K. Günther, and Johannes R. Becher. After him are Lajos Zilahy, Lilya Brik, Poul Nielsen, Gio Ponti, Kurt von Tippelskirch, and Dimitrije Ljotić. Among people deceased in 1916, Oswald Boelcke ranks 60Before him are Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova, Petar Kočić, Paolo Tosti, Thomas Eakins, Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. After him are Thibaw Min, Alice Ball, Isa Boletini, Marie Bracquemond, Oskar Backlund, and Herbert Kilpin.

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Among people born in Germany, Oswald Boelcke ranks 1,856 out of 7,253Before him are Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Crown Princess of Prussia (1746), Hugo Schuchardt (1842), Joanna Sophia of Bavaria (1373), Charles II, Elector Palatine (1651), Günter Behnisch (1922), and Johannes R. Becher (1891). After him are Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse (1906), Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667), Max Pechstein (1881), Edmund Conen (1914), Albert Lortzing (1801), and Friedrich Melchior, Baron von Grimm (1723).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Oswald Boelcke ranks 136Before him are Hans Langsdorff (1894), Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (1651), Wilhelm Schepmann (1894), Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow (1755), Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg (1886), and Herbert Kappler (1907). After him are Albert Leo Schlageter (1894), Friedrich Hossbach (1894), Walter Stennes (1895), Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke (1889), Otto von Lossow (1868), and Georg Lindemann (1884).