By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of terrible fighter kinds reminiscent of the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early phases of the warfare, and it was once no longer until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which firstly suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. additionally they displayed stronger pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the whole by means of 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 delivered to the eye of English-speaking readers within the 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Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new info and a lot of unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by way of the prime aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and mistakes to be corrected. The booklet will disguise using Albatros combatants at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the fighters' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of battle. 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 global conflict 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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3 flying boat tasked with performing a photographic reconnaissance of Trieste. 3 crew from taking their photographs and then heading for home. com T H E I TA L I A N F R O N T The arrival at the front of the new Albatros fighters did not mean the end of war service for the Brandenburg D I. In this photograph of Pergine airfield, six Albatros, one KD and at least two Aviatik C Is await inspection by Kaiser Karl I on 14 September 1917. 51, piloted by Kpl Julius Früwirth, was involved in a fight over Monte Verena with a Nieuport flown by Sergente Antonio Amantea (a future five-victory ace).
The triangular Oeffag logo is visible on the aircraft’s nose, just above Richter’s head (Rudi Höfling) Pergine under the command of Hptm Gustav Studeny. 18. 23, crewed by Zgf Wenzel Schwarz and Oblt Johann Fischer, they spotted an Italian Farman at a lower altitude and attacked it. 81, but he soon fell to the fire from the second Brandenburg. When the pilot was also hit the Farman side-slipped and crashed not far from Pergine airfield, whereupon the petrol tank burst into flames. The fallen airmen of 31a Squadriglia, pilot Sergente Francesco Bobbio and observer Capitano Felice Cantele, were buried in the cemetery at Pergine and the Austro-Hungarian airmen placed a wreath on their graves.
Intercepting a diving aeroplane that they identified as a Caudron near San Giovanni, Jäger went down to investigate. Moments later Magerl was bounced by an Italian SPAD VII piloted by Tenente Alberto Marazzani, who riddled his D III. 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.