By Paolo Varriale, Harry Dempsey
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of negative fighter forms similar to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early phases of the battle, and it used to be now not till licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which in the beginning suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong 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 whole by way 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 warring parties. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been before everything delivered to the eye of English-speaking readers within the Nineteen Eighties during 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Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and lots of unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German documents shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the major aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and mistakes to be corrected. The booklet will hide using Albatros opponents at the Italian and japanese Fronts, from the opponents' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of struggle. it is 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 historical past and their post-war lives within the international locations born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots accomplished acedom in the course of global battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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He used to be the single Camel pilot to obtain the Victoria move, given to him on five April 1919 by means of King George V at Buckingham Palace (Author’s assortment) © Osprey Publishing • www. ospreypublishing. com On Gajarine airfield Flik 69/S armourers fuse bombs for the following undertaking less than the watchful eyes of the Brandenburg C I’s group. by way of the summer time of 1918 Italian and Allied airplane had received overall air superiority, making it nearly very unlikely for LFT combatants to fulfil their escort tasks for hugely weak aeroplanes akin to those (Boris Ciglic) T H E I TA L I A N F R O N T Zgf Eugen Bönsch of Flik 51/J flew Albatros D III 153.
Upon returning to front, he was once assigned in February 1917 to the Wiener Neustadt college as an teacher. There, he additionally obtained pilot a wide black-and-white ‘2’ and a white-and-blue pennant pointed out Albatros D III 153. 27, flown via Oblt Georg von Kenzian of Flik 55/J within the final months of 1917. in this interval the unit used huge numerals or letters at the fuselage as insignia, frequently with different markings. it seems that the pilot of 153. 27 had placed its wheels within the shallow ditch to the left of the picture and grew to become the fighter over onto its again (Carlo Lucchini) © Osprey Publishing • www.
But despite the heavy losses the Regio Esercito used to be in a position to carry its new line, whereas British and French reinforcements got here to assist. finally, the recent yr that begun so promisingly for the twin Monarchy resulted in defeat, its defense force strangled by means of a scarcity of © Osprey Publishing • www. ospreypublishing. com A LONG-AWAITED FIGHTER Oblt Benno Fiala Ritter von Fernbrugg, moment from correct, stands to consciousness in entrance of Kaiser Karl I in the course of an army rite, along with his German pilot’s badge obvious less than his left breast pocket.
02, shot down a Caproni bomber of 5a Squadriglia that had taken off from Tombetta di Verona airfield with different airplane at 1350 hrs to assault hutments in Val Galmarara and Val Portule. The workforce of Ca. 2368 (pilots Tenente Emilio Lodesani and Tenente Max Arici, observer Tenente Federico Caneva and gunner Maresciallo Romeo Betteghella) all died while the bomber crashed in flames at Val Portule. Buried with army honours via the AustroHungarian troops, the group additionally obtained the Medaglia d’Argento al Valor Militare from the command of the I Armata (Army) on 17 June.
After surviving the Armistice, D III 153. one hundred forty was once kept in a depot on Aspern airfield via to March 1919. 25 Albatros D III sequence 153 (serial unknown) of Oblt Josef von Maier, Flik 55/J, Pergine, may perhaps 1918 The serial variety of this fighter (possibly 153. 185) was once coated by means of camouflage, which looks a thick overlapping of darkish eco-friendly and grey-green mottles dabbed on a gentle historical past. The undersurfaces have been mild blue. The fuselage quantity in black and white was once selected as a private insignia by means of Maier, who later flew aeroplanes pointed out by way of a capital ‘M’.