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Name: Eugen Bönsch Balloon-Buster
Medal for Bravery Eugen Bönsch
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Feldwebel
Units: Flek 6, 8
Flik 51J
Victories: 16
Born: 01 May 1897
Place of Birth: Gross-Aupa, Northern Bohemia
Died: 24 July 1951
Place of Death: Ehrwald, Austria
 
 
Bönsch joined the army in 1915 and transferred to the Army Air Service after completing basic training. In 1917 he joined Flek 8 to become a pilot and in August of the same year he was assigned to Flik 51J where he scored 16 victories flying the Albatros D.III. Shortly before the end of the war, Bönsch was shot down in flames, possibly by Flaminio Avet, but was saved by his parachute. In World War II, Bönsch served with the German Luftwaffe as a Hauptmann at Oschatz Air Base in Saxony.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Sep 1917 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (53.57) Nieuport Scout Monte San Gabriele
2 28 Sep 1917 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.35) Balloon N of Plava
3 29 Sep 1917 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.35) Nieuport Scout S of Plava
4 03 Dec 1917 a.m. Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.35) Balloon Visnadello
5 21 Feb 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.35) Sopwith Camel Casa Zonta
6 16 Mar 1918 1140 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.140) Sopwith Camel Zenson
7 03 Apr 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.140) Balloon SW of San Biaggio
8 17 Apr 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.140) SAML 2 Monte Grappa
u/c 03 May 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.155) Balloon NW of Monastier di Treviso
9 16 Jun 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.140) Balloon Breda di Piave
10 20 Jun 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (153.140) Scout Montello
11 08 Aug 1918 2047 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (253.37) Balloon Vascon
12 05 Oct 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III (253.37) Balloon W of Ponti di Piave
13 27 Oct 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III R.E.8 W of Papadopoli
14 27 Oct 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III Sopwith Camel Papadopoli Island
15 28 Oct 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III Hanriot HD.1 Papadopoli Island
16 29 Oct 1918 Flik 51J Albatros D.III Hanriot HD.1 Papadopoli Island
 
Books
Above the War Fronts
by Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest, Gregory Alegi / Hardcover / Grub Street (September 1997)
Air Aces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914-1918
by Dr. Martin O'Connor / Hardcover / Flying Machines Press (January 1986)
Austro-Hungarian Aces of World War 1
by Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (February 25, 2002)
 
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