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Name: Frank Linke-Crawford
Order of the Iron Crown Frank Linke-Crawford
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Flik 12, 41J, 60J
Victories: 27
Born: 18 August 1893
Place of Birth: Krakau (Cracow, Poland)
Killed In Action: 30 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Guia
Cemetery: Kommunalfriedhof, Salzburg, Austria
 
 
After serving with a calvary regiment on the Russian front, Frank Linke-Crawford transferred to the Army Air Service in December 1915 and attended pilot's school in September 1916. Posted to Flik 12 in January 1917, he flew numerous reconnaissance and bombing missions on the Isonzo front. Flying an Aviatik C.I (37.08) without an observer, he was shot down on 2 August 1917, probably by Pier Piccio. On 4 August 1917, Linke was posted to Flik 41J and scored 13 victories by the end of the year. He assumed command of Flik 60J at the end of December 1917 and he scored 14 more victories before he was killed in action on the morning of 30 July 1918. Flying an Aviatik D.I, der Falke von Feltre (the Falcon of Feltre) was shot down by two Italian Hanriot HD.1 fighters from 81a Squadriglia. After the war, Linke's body was recovered and reinterred in Austria.

"Linke was both a fine flier and a fine man. He gave his men full support and generally ignored the rules about officers and non-officers having little to do with each other. He often gave away victories to other, less experienced pilots. As you can imagine, the feelings of his men for him were quite strong." Julius Arigi to Dr. Martin O'Connor, 6 October 1977
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Aug 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.40) Nieuport Scout Monte Santo
2 22 Aug 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.40) Savoia-Pomilio Gorizia
3 23 Aug 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.40) Savoia-Pomilio Bate
u/c 25 Aug 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.40) Sopwith 2  
4 26 Aug 1917 Flik 41J Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (28.40) SPAD 1 Monte San Gabriele
5 23 Sep 1917 p.m. Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.04) Seaplane Gulf of Trieste
6 09 Oct 1917 1700 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Balloon Shobba Estuary
7 23 Oct 1917 1630 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Savoia-Pomilio Hermada
8 05 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Macchi L3 W of Latisana
9 05 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Macchi L3 W of Latisana
10 23 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Nieuport Scout Cortellazzo
11 23 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.11) Nieuport Scout Cortellazzo
12 10 Dec 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.16) Sopwith Scout Monastier di Treviso
13 13 Dec 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.16) Balloon Meolo
14 10 Jan 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.16) SAML 2 Valstagna
15 10 Jan 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.16) Nieuport Scout Valstagna
16 29 Jan 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.14) SIA 7b Monte Lambara
17 02 Feb 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.06) Two-seater Campolongo
18 03 Feb 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.06) Nieuport Scout S of Monte Pertica
19 24 Feb 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.14) Savoia-Pomilio E of Cismon
20 11 Mar 1918 Flik 60J Phönix D.I (228.14) Sopwith Scout S of Monte di Val Bella
21 10 May 1918 0640 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Bristol F.2b Levico
22 10 May 1918 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Scout Barcarola
23 11 May 1918 1015 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Sopwith Camel Feltre
24 01 Jun 1918 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Sopwith Camel Visone
25 15 Jun 1918 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Sopwith Scout Rocca
26 21 Jun 1918 a.m. Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Sopwith Camel Val Stizzone
27 29 Jul 1918 Flik 60J Aviatik D.I (115.32) Bristol F.2b Valstagna
 
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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