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Name: Karl Kaszala
Iron Cross Karl Kaszala
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Offizierstellvertreter
Units: Flik 1, 14, 41J
Victories: 8
Born: 1892
Place of Birth: Nyrita
Died: 1932 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
 
 
During World War I, Kaszala was the only Austro-Hungarian non-commissioned officer awarded the German Iron Cross, second class. He joined the army in 1914 but transferred to the air service and was posted to Flik 14 as a reconnaissance pilot. Claiming the Aviatik B.III was a deathtrap, Kaszala refused to fly it and was reassigned to Flik 1. Flying the Brandenburg C.I, he scored three victories by the beginning of 1917 and in February of that year, he was reassigned to Flik 41J under Godwin Brumowski. Flying Brandenburg and Albatros scouts on the Isonzo Front, he was credited with five more victories, including one balloon.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Dec 1916 Flik 1 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I 1 EA Gurahumora
2 09 Jan 1917 Flik 1 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (63.23) 2 EA Fundul-Moldovi
3 23 Jan 1917 Flik 1 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (63.23) 3 EA Kimpolung
4 12 May 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I Farman Podsenica
5 20 May 1917 1030 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.11) Farman 4 Monte Santo
6 28 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III Savoia-Pomilio 4 Casa Serpo
7 10 Dec 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III Hanriot HD.1 5 Monistier di Treviso
8 13 Dec 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III Balloon 6 Meolo

1 Observer Lt N Feher
2 Observer Lt W Varju
3 Observer Oblt J Baumgartner
4 Shared with Hptm Godwin Brumowski
5 Shared with Oblt Frank Linke-Crawford
6 Shared with Oblt Frank Linke-Crawford, Hptm G Brumowski
 
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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