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Name: Franz Gräser
Order of the Iron Crown
Order of Léopold
Medal for Bravery
Franz Gräser
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Leutnant
Units: Flik 2, 32, 42J, 61J
Victories: 18
Born: 26 October 1892
Place of Birth: Nyir-Mada, Hungary
Died: 17 May 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Treviso
 
 
Gräser joined the army in 1914 and served on the Eastern Front until he was wounded. He volunteered for the Army Air Service in 1916 and served as an observer with Flik 2 on the Isonzo front. Here he scored his first victory from a Hansa-Brandeburg C.I (28.58). Posted to Flik 32 in May 1917, Gräser received informal flight training from Feldwebel Franz Fraueneder who remarked that Gräser was "a born pilot." On 1 October 1917, Gräser was posted to Flik 42J as a pilot. Though he never received a pilot's certificate, Gräser scored 16 victories flying the Albatros D.III during World War I. He was killed in action on an escort mission when he was shot down near Treviso by Antonio Chiri.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Feb 1917 a.m. Flik 2 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (29.58) Farman W of Tolmein
2 20 May 1917 0920 Flik 32 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (229.20) SPAD 1 Monte Sabotino
3 25 Oct 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.13) Seaplane Sdobba Estuary
4 26 Oct 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.13) Balloon  
5 26 Oct 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.13) Nieuport Scout Lake Doberdo
6 27 Oct 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.13) Seaplane  
7 15 Nov 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.61) Sopwith Camel Meolo-Monistier
8 23 Nov 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.44) Macchi L3 Agenzia
9 27 Nov 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.44) SAML 2 San Dona di Piave
10 29 Nov 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.61) SAML 2 Vianello
11 05 Dec 1917 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.44) Savoia-Pomilio San Biaggio-La Fossa
12 26 Jan 1918 1810 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Seaplane Laguna Palude
13 30 Jan 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.110) R.E.8 Cana Reggia
14 24 Feb 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Macchi M5 Marcello
15 08 Mar 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Balloon Cenesa Canal
16 12 Mar 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Ansaldo S.V.A.5 Monistier di Treviso
u/c 12 Mar 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Ansaldo S.V.A.5 Monistier di Treviso
17 16 Mar 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.106) Ansaldo S.V.A.5 Casonetti
18 23 Mar 1918 Flik 61J Albatros D.III (153.111) SAML 2 Noventa di Piave
 
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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