28 August 1915 – Boelcke saves

In the air German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke kills; on land he saves lives.

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Oswald Boelcke, one of the pilots going success with the new Fokker EI aircraft hit the news today.

The mess of his unit, FFA 62, faces a local canal frequented by both the airmen and locals for fishing and boating. This morning, Boelcke saw a boy (14-year-old Albert Deplace) suddenly fall into the canal. Boelcke immediately ran over and ‘not having much time for reflection, I took a header and dived in’.

He managed to bring the boy to the surface where they were rescued by Boelcke’s comrade Teubern in a rowing boat.. After giving the boy a ‘good spanking’, they released him into the custody of his grateful mother. All the local civilians who had gathered, gave the drenched Boelcke an ovation as he ‘stood there like a dripping poodle’ in full uniform. The parents want him to be awarded the Legion d’Honneur.

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