Jagdstaffel 2 'Boelcke': Von Richthofen's Mentor (Aviation Elite Units)

Jagdstaffel 2 'Boelcke': Von Richthofen's Mentor (Aviation Elite Units)

Greg VanWyngarden


By August 1916, the German Air carrier was once battling a wasting fight within the skies over the conflict of the Somme. Royal Flying Corps airplane reigned virtually best over the battlefront, and the vaunted Fokker monoplanes have been hounded from the air. In reaction, a wholly new kind of struggling with formation got here into being - the Jagdstaffel, which was once a unit designed exclusively as a struggling with squadron. one of many first, and absolutely the main well-known, used to be Jasta 2, shaped and led via Germany's prime fighter ace Oswald Boelcke. Renamed Jasta "Boelcke" through Imperial Decree, the unit may hold its first commander's legacy to astounding good fortune in overdue 1918.

This name examines the strategies, personalities and achievements of this ace squadron which entire the struggle with a list of 336 victories, moment in basic terms to Richthofen's personal unit in proven kills.

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