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Name: Bela Macourek
Military Merit Cross
Military Merit Medal
Bela Macourek
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Flik 1J, 6, 23
Victories: 5
Born: 04 November 1889
Place of Birth: Nebojsza, Pozsony
Place of Death:  
Macourek joined the Royal Hungarian Mounted Artillery Division No. 1 in 1914. After two years on the ground, he volunteered for the air service and completed observer training in December 1916. He was assigned to Flik 23 on the Isonzo front and scored his first victory flying a Hansa-Brandenburg C.I. In 1917, having completed pilot school, he joined Flik 6 on the Albanian front in October and scored two victories flying a Berg (Aviatik D.I). Macourek assumed command of Flik 1J at the end of July 1918 and after scoring two more victories, he finished the war as an ace. Post-war he flew for the Red Air Corps, became a citizen of Hungary and changed his surname to Maklary. Macourek was awarded the Hungarian Order of the Brave and, in 1931, the Gold Bravery Medal for Officers.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 May 1917 1030 Flik 23 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (129.46) 1 SPAD VII Selo
2 06 Jul 1918 a.m. Flik 6F Aviatik D.I (238.51) D.H.9 SE of Fjeri
3 06 Jul 1918 a.m. Flik 6F Aviatik D.I (238.51) Caproni Ca.3 Mi Foli
4 23 Aug 1918 0810 Flik 1J Aviatik D.I (338.02) D.H.4 2 SW of Punta d'Ostro
5 06 Sep 1918 0945 Flik 1J Aviatik D.I (338.02) D.H.4 W of Punta d'Ostro

1 Pilot Franz Stalina
2 Shared with Julius Arigi
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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