OSCAR BOESCH’S FOCKE-WULF Fw 190 A-8/R8 – Artist’s Proof
The AP denotes Artist’s Proof, from the private collection of the artist. These are the first 50 – 100 prints off the press once the artist has approved the color. As a result, these are highly collectible editions and cost a bit more than the limited edition signed and numbered editions
Image size 15″ x 27″ overall
Limited edition of 950 s/n prints with 50 Artist’s Proofs.
In addition to the artist’s signature each print co-autographed by the pilot Oscar Boesch.
The Painting: To combat the heavy bombers, the Fw 190 was modified with bolt-on 5 mm armor plates called “Panzer Platten” 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 MK 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 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 |. In May 1944, Sturm-Staffel | became || Staffel with 10 and 13 Stafflen 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.