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Name: Rudolf Szepessy-Sokoll
Military Merit Medal
Medal for Bravery
Order of Léopold
Rudolf Szepessy-Sokoll
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Flik 3, 10, 17, 27, 41J
Victories: 5
Born: 1891
Place of Birth: Hungary
Killed In Action: 06 November 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Latisana
A tall man, Rudolf Szepessy-Sokoll Freiherr von Negyes et Reno joined the army in 1914 and distinguished himself in combat whilst serving with the Hussars Regiment No. 1. He volunteered for the air service in the summer of 1915, scoring his first victory as an observer with Flik 17. In what may have been the first strategic bombing mission in history, Szepessy-Sokoll was a member of a flight of ten Lohner and Lloyd two-seaters that attacked Milan, Italy on 14 February 1916. By early April 1917, Szepessy-Sokoll completed pilot training and was assigned to Flik 10 on the Russian front. He served with Flik 27 in August 1917 and with Flik 3 in September 1917, where he scored his first victory as a pilot, flying an Albatros D.III. Killed in action the day after he became an ace, Szepessy-Sokoll was shot down by Francesco Baracca. He was buried with full military honors in the cemetery near Ajello. He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Iron Crown, 3rd class.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Feb 1916 0900 Flik 17 Lohner B.VII (17.36) Caudron Milano
2 20 Sep 1917 a.m. Flik 3 Albatros D.III (53.11) Nieuport 2 S of Boratin
3 04 Oct 1917 0815 Flik 3 Albatros D.III (53.45) Balloon Iwanczony
4 05 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III Macchi L-3 W of Latisana
5 05 Nov 1917 Flik 41J Albatros D.III Macchi L-3 W of Latisana
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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