By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a sequence of negative fighter varieties similar to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I in the course of the early phases of the battle, and it used to be no longer until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may possibly 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to lookup. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which before everything suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag airplane have been way more powerful than German D IIs and D IIIs. additionally they displayed stronger velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the whole through all of the prime 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 during the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra learn has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and numerous unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied resources with Austrian and German documents shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by way of the prime aces. This painstaking examine permits many myths to be uncovered and blunders to be corrected. The ebook will hide using Albatros warring parties at the Italian and japanese Fronts, from the fighters' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of struggle. 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 historical past and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots completed acedom in the course of international struggle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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Sent to the Italian Front in 1915, he became commanding officer of Flik 16 in December 1916. In February of the following year Stojsavljevic learnt to fly a fighter with Flik 34, spending time on the Western Front with Jasta 6 in order to sharpen his skills with his German colleagues. Brumowski and Gräser claimed a double on 23 November near the mouth of the Piave River, but there is no corresponding loss recorded in Allied documentation. This was also the case for the fighter that Kasza believed he had shot down near Rubbia (he probably encountered Parvis and Tenente Guido Keller of 91a Squadriglia, who returned to their airfield) and the single-seater credited to Oblt Karl Patzelt and Kpl Karl Teichmann after yet another fight over the Piave River.
By the time he had become an ace on 14 June 1917 he was already famous, receiving letters and pictures from unknown girls. 33 of Fw Viktor Zimmermann and a Brandenburg C I of Flik 17 piloted by Fw Karl Maurer, with Oblt Erich Kühne as observer. The Italian pilot, Tenente Vitale Piga, wrote after his return from captivity; ‘During the morning of 13 July 1917 I received the order to perform an orientation reconnaissance and to drop leaflets for the prisoners in the Austrian rear line between Adige and Brenta.
Interestingly, the Italians ascribed the victory to Brumowski. On 25 November another naval pilot based at Venice, Guardiamarina Paolo Morterra of 260a Squadriglia, wrote; ‘The other day I had a terrible fight with Brumowski, the AustroHungarian ace who, unfortunately, has 30 victories. ’ The respect for their adversaries, which perhaps drifted into involuntary admiration, was also felt by Brumowski, who, according to a note in the LFT Nachrichtenblatt (the official bulletin of Austro-Hungarian aviation) published on 25 October 1917, had said to a German journalist who was interviewing him, ‘The Italian pilots are brave and skilful, though on several occasions only two Austrian pilots were attacked by a whole squadron of enemy aeroplanes’.