1891 – Oswald Boelcke was born in Giebichenstein, on the 19th of May. German aviator.
– He joined Telegraphen-Bataillon Nr. 3 in Koblenz as a Fahnenjunker (cadet officer).
1914 – Transferred to the Fliegertruppe in May.
– He received his pilot’s training at the school of the Halberstadt firm. He passed the third and final pilot’s exam on August 15th.
1915 – He transferred to Fliegerabteilung 62 in April, based at Douai.
– Met a new comrade, Max Immelman, whose later aerial expertise would earn him the title of ace and the nickname, "The Eagle of Lille".
– Boelcke won his first aerial combat on 19th of August, downed four more enemy aircraft.
– He saved the life of a young local French boy who had fallen into a canal near the aerodrome where Boelcke was stationed on August 28th.
1916 – With Immelmann, they were the first German fliers to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, the highest award for bravery in Prussia.
– After Immelmann was killed, he became the top German ace, and was sent off to the Balkans.
– He was made leader of the newly formed Fliegerabteilung Sivery and led them in action over Verdun.
– Boelcke was killed when his Albatros D.II collided and after he had been successful in 40 dogfights on 28th of October.