Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes by David Gero

By David Gero

Flying as an airline passenger is, statistically one of many most secure kinds of commute. having said that, the background of civil aviation is affected by high-profile failures concerning significant death. This paintings offers an inventory of significant air failures because the Fifties from throughout continents.

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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’.

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