Wilfried Böse

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Wilfried Böse
Born 1949
Died July 1976 (aged 26–27)
Entebbe, Uganda
Organization Revolutionary Cells (RZ)

Wilfried Böse (1949 – July 4, 1976) was a founding member of the German far-left organization Revolutionary Cells. Böse himself never admitted he carried out terrorist attacks in West Germany but saw urban guerrilla attacks against Western capitalism as being the result of the economic system. [1]

Air France Flight 139[edit]

Böse led the 1976 hijacking of Air France Flight 139. After diverting Air France Flight 139 from Athens, Greece to Entebbe, Uganda, Böse separated the Israelis from the other passengers; the other passengers were allowed to go home.[2] During the hijacking, Böse is reported to have told a Jewish passenger who had shown Böse his Auschwitz tattoo, "I'm no Nazi! ... I am an idealist."[3] Böse was killed during Operation Entebbe, when Israel Defense Forces commandos stormed the airport terminal where the hostages were being held. The hijacking of Air France Flight 139 resulted in the deaths of 4 civilian passengers.


He is played by German actor Klaus Kinski in the film Operation Thunderbolt, Helmut Berger in Victory at Entebbe, Horst Buchholz in the film Raid on Entebbe, and by Aljoscha Stadelmann in the miniseries Carlos (2010).


  1. ^ Setting the record straight: Entebbe was not Auschwitz Haaretz 8/7/2011
  2. ^ Melman, Yossi (2011-07-08). "Setting the record straight: Entebbe was not Auschwitz - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ David Tinnin, Like Father A review of Hitler's children by Julian Becker, TIME, 8 August 1977.