By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of bad fighter varieties similar to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early levels of the warfare, and it used to be no longer till 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 search for. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which in the beginning suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag airplane have been way more powerful than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed more advantageous velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the complete via all of the best 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 dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Nineteen Eighties in the course of 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Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and various unpublished images. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the foundation for an in depth reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the best 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 combatants' 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 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 accomplished acedom in the course of international battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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14 lost a wing, crashing near Ivanigrad. 2 pusher, rather than a Caudron) managed to return to base. This was Magerl’s fourth victory, and his first in an Albatros, and he received the Silbernetapferkeitmedaille 2. Klasse. Born in 1891, Magerl had started his aviation career as a mechanic, and after pilot training was posted to Flik 6 in Albania, where he had had a bad experience on 8 November 1915. Flying with Ltn Hans Schweinburg as his observer, Magerl was forced to land in Montenegro and was captured, but he escaped on 26 January of the following year.
Its records noted that ‘the presence on our front of fighter aeroplanes of a new model with an approximate speed of 190 km/h [120 mph] and V-shaped interplane struts like Nieuports must be pointed out’. One person who had clearly seen the distinctive features of the D III during an escort mission for a group of Capronis was Maggiore Pier Ruggero Piccio, who was to end the war with 29 victories and subsequently become the first Chief of Staff of the Regia Aeronautica. 2 of 113a Squadriglia) over Monte San Gabriele.
39, and Fw Josef Kropf took off from Pergine airfield with a Brandenburg C I of the same unit, carrying as its observer Oblt Max Cavallar Ritter von Grabensprung, who had to perform a reconnaissance mission over Monte Zingarella, which was behind the Italian lines. As the formation neared the front the Austro-Hungarians met three aeroplanes, which they identified as Italian Nieuports. The Albatros pilots subsequently claimed a victory against one of them, the aircraft having reportedly crashed to the ground in a forest south of Cesuna, although there is no trace of such a loss in Italian records.