Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1 by Paolo Varriale

By Paolo Varriale

Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of negative fighter forms reminiscent of the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early phases of the struggle, and it was once no longer until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in could 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to lookup. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which firstly suffered wing disasters in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. additionally they displayed enhanced velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the total by means of all of the major Austro-Hungarian aces, together with Brumowski, Arigi, Kiss and Linke-Crawford, who fought Italian pilots in Hanriots and SPADs, in addition to British pilots in Camels and Bristol combatants. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been at the beginning dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Eighties throughout the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra examine has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new info and loads of unpublished pictures. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German documents shape the root for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the prime aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and error to be corrected. The publication will disguise using Albatros warring parties at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the warring parties' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of conflict. it's going to additionally chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with additional info approximately their own historical past and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots accomplished acedom in the course of global struggle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.

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Bönsch, born in Bohemia to German parents, had shown such skill in pilot training that he went straight from flying school to Flik 51/J. Highly praised by his comrades, he was a quiet and modest person who never spoke about the war, even in old age. On 11 September the Stoluft of 11. 29. During the summer Flik 55/J began to operate Albatros scouts from Aidussina. Its pilots were mostly inexperienced, with the notable exception of Offz Stv Julius Arigi, who already had 12 confirmed victories to his name.

By then Arigi had added 12 more victories to his tally. 15, fought with a SPAD that escaped, diving toward Mount San Gabriele. Although he received confirmation for the fighter’s demise as his 13th official victory, the aeroplane of Italian ace Tenente Ferruccio Ranza returned safely to Santa Caterina airfield. The loose Austro-Hungarian system used to confirm victories also sanctioned the two aeroplanes claimed near Kostanjevica on 23 September by Oblt Ernst Strohschneider and Zgf Ferdinand Flik 51/J in Ajdussina, probably in September 1917.

Armee, left the latter’s headquarters in Vittorio Veneto and arrived by car at Aviano, a former Italian airfield, to take off in a Flik 39 aircraft. In the sky over Monte Grappa, he claimed an Italian two-seater that was confirmed by several eyewitnesses on the ground. It is possible that these observers actually verified the crash-landing of a Savoia-Pomilio from 27 a Squadriglia, which was forced down near Cornuda after receiving an anti-aircraft shell splinter in its petrol tank. The observer in this reconnaissance aeroplane, piloted by Sergente Carlo Fenocchio, was Tenente Silvio Paolo Palli, brother of Natale, who would subsequently fly Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio on his famous leaflet-dropping mission over Vienna in August 1918.

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