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Name: Friedrich Hefty
Medal for Bravery Friedrich Hefty
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Offizierstellvertreter
Units: Flik 12, 42J, 44F
Victories: 5
Born: 13 December 1894
Place of Birth: Pozsony
Died: 20 January 1965
Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan
Hefty was wounded in the right foot by Italian anti-aircraft fire on 7 October 1915. He transferred to Flik 42J in the Isonzo sector of the Italian front in October 1917, scoring his second victory during the Battle of Caporetto. During 1918, Hefty formed a strong friendship with fellow pilots Johann Risztics and Ferdinand Udvardy. Amongst the airmen of Flik 42J, the trio became known as the Arany Triumviratus (Golden Triumvirate).

Hefty began marking the sides of his Albatros D.III with the number "6."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Aug 1917 Flik 44F Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (69.79) Farman Tirgul Ocna
2 27 Oct 1917 Flik 42J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (38.10) EA Lake Doberdò
u/c 04 Apr 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) EA Montello
3 17 Apr 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Sopwith Camel Montello
u/c 16 Jun 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Nieuport Scout Montello
u/c 17 Jun 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Caproni Montello
4 20 Jun 1918 1045 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Br two-seater Susegana
5 20 Jun 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Two-seater Montello
u/c 20 Jun 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.169) Hanriot HD.1 Spresiano
u/c 22 Jun 1918 Flik 42J Albatros D.III (153.265) Nieuport Scout Montello
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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