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

By Paolo Varriale

Austro-Hungarian produced a sequence of terrible fighter forms akin to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I throughout the early phases of the battle, and it used to be no longer till licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may possibly 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which at first suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more powerful than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed stronger pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the total by way of the entire top 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 opponents. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been firstly dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Eighties in the course of the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra study has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and a lot of unpublished images. The cautious crosschecking of Allied resources with Austrian and German documents shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought through the prime aces. This painstaking examine permits many myths to be uncovered and blunders to be corrected. The booklet will disguise using Albatros combatants at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the warring parties' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of warfare. 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 more information approximately their own heritage 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 international warfare 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.

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This was the aircraft flown by Sergente Maggiore Oreste Bontempi, who was forced to crashland with a dead engine. Finally, in the early afternoon, Kasza gained his second ‘victory’, sharing a Nieuport over Valstagna with Ltn Egbert Lupfer and Offz Stv Emanuel Stumpa. However, they had probably mistaken the manoeuvres of Italian ace Attilio Imolesi, who was forced to leave the fight and return to his airfield after his machine gun jammed. On 18 November, in the sky over the Asiago Plateau, there was a crowded fray between a strong Flik 55/J patrol and Italian reconnaissance aeroplanes and their escorts.

The bodies of the unfortunate crew were recovered by the regiment’s chaplain and buried in the cemetery of Castelgomberto. That day’s successes received an involuntary tribute in the Historical Diary of the Italian aviation command, which noted, ‘The unusual air activity shown by the adversary, and the painful effects produced by that, demonstrate the huge increase of the adversary’s fighters on the front of the I Army’. On 21 November Hptm Raoul Stoisavljevic gained his first victory with an Albatros fighter.

27. com T H E I TA L I A N F R O N T the leader, this victory was also accredited to Oblt Josef Hoffmann von Ostenhof, Zgf Ludwig Neumann and Kpl Eugen Bönsch, a 20-year-old former aviation mechanic. 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.

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