Walter Oesau private pic
09-20-2013 08:25 PM
did they ever find his body?.
Yes. He was thrown clear of the aircraft as it crash landed. He had been hit several times by bullets and an explosive cannon shell. His body was recovered and buried at Melsdorf in Northern Germany, close to where he was born.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Walter Oesau was shot down by 1Lt. James L. "Pappy" Doyle of the 428th FS, 474th FG. Oesau was chased by Doyle, 1st Lt. Wilbur L. Jarvis III, and 1st Lt. James C. Austin, all of Green Flight. They chased Oesau from high altitude down to the deck. The fight lasted almost 20 minutes when Oesau's Bf109 was hit and crippled. Oesau attempted to make an emergency landing and was shot down a couple of feet above the ground. Oesau's body was found in the vicinity of his wrecked 109 with several bullet wounds presumed shot dead before his aircraft hit the ground. Oesau was flying Bf109G-6/AS, werknummer 20601, "Grun 13". Gun camera footage from Doyle's P-38 clearly showed a Bf109G-6/AS marked Green 13, painted in RLM 76 and a red RVT band. This information puts to rest the last flight of Walter Oesau.
I'll take a guess and say his Ritter mysteriously vanished when they recovered the body?
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."