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Name: Friedrich Navratil
Friedrich Navratil
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Flik 3J, 41J
Victories: 10
Born: 19 July 1893
Place of Birth: Sarajevo
Died: 7/8 June 1947
Place of Death: Zagreb, Yugoslavia
 
 
Friedrich Navratil attended Infantry Cadet School in Libenau and served with the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry Regiment No. 1 on the Serb front where he was wounded twice in 1914. His regiment then saw action on the Italian, Montenegrin and Romanian fronts. During this time Navratil was promoted to Oberleutnant and was wounded again in December 1916. The following month, he transferred to the LFT and received training as an observer at Wiener-Neustadr. In July 1917 he was posted to Flik 13 at Galicia and was transferred to Flik 11 in October of that year. After pilot training in November 1917, Navratil scored one victory with Flik 41J before assuming command of Flik 3J on 9 June 1918. With this unit he scored nine more victories by the end of the war. Post-war, he served in the Yugoslavian air force and was, for a time, the Croatian Minister of War during World War II. Navratil was convicted of war crimes and executed in 1947.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Apr 1918 a.m. Flik 41J Albatros D.III (153.157) Sopwith Camel Arcade
2 28 Jun 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (153.198) SPAD Zugna
3 16 Jul 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Hanriot Val del Concei
4 16 Jul 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Hanriot Val del Concei
5 23 Jul 1918 a.m. Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Bristol F.2b Mattarello
6 05 Aug 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) SIA 7b Near Romagnano
7 10 Aug 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Scout Monte Pasubio
8 16 Aug 1918 a.m. Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Bristol F.2b Trento
9 23 Aug 1918 a.m. Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) Bristol F.2b Gardolo airfield
10 31 Aug 1918 Flik 3J Albatros D.III (253.06) EA E of Monte Pasubio
 
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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