"OSCAR BOESCH'S FOCKE-WULF Fw 190 A-8/R8"

BY JERRY CRANDALL

Autographed by Oscar Boesch. Signed and numbered by the artist

L/E of 950

Size: 15" X 27"

Price: $75


In addition to the artist's signature each print co-autographed by the pilot Oscar Boesch.

To combat the heavy bombers, the Fw 190 was modified with bolt-on 5 mm armor plates called "Panzerplatten" on the fuselage sides. Additional 30 mm armored glass panels were added on the canopy and extra glass was added to the windshield quarter-panels. The outboard 20 mm wing guns were replaced by HK 108 30 mm cannons. This combination was the Fw 190 A-8/R8 "Sturmbock" (Ram). In an effort to save some weight, the 13 mm machine guns that were mounted over the engine were often removed.

To protect these heavy fighters, special Gruppen of Bf 109's were assigned to fly top cover while the 190's attacked the bombers.

The camouflage colors of this machine were the standard grays 76, 75 and 74. The distinctive Reich defense bands of black/white/black trimmed with white were selected by Major von Kornatzki to help identify this special unit. White numbers with a thin black outline were used. The rare unit badge shown was only in use for a few weeks and not on all aircraft. They were hand-painted without use of stencils so they were all a little different.

Oscar Boesch did not enter the war until April of l944. In an effort to help stop the allied bomber offensive, he volunteered for a new unit being formed by Major von Kornatzki to lead the effort to stop bombers at all costs even if it meant ramming them, Sturm-Staffel I. In May 1944, Sturm-Staffel I became II Staffel with 10 and 13 Staffeln added to form IV./JG 3 "Udet".

Oscar Boesch was shot down eight times, four bail outs and four crash-landings. He flew 120 combat missions, on this last mission he rammed a Russian Yak-9 fighter. Boesch's unit suffered 350% losses. He is one of three known survivors.