List of World War I flying aces from Hungary


Top ace József Kiss

This list of World War I flying aces from Hungary contains the names of aces from the territory of modern-day Hungary, which formed part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austria-Hungary was a constitutional union of the Austrian Empire (Cisleithania) and the Kingdom of Hungary (Transleithania) which existed from 1867 to 1918, when it collapsed as a result of defeat in World War I.

Among the Austro-Hungarian aviators were the Hungarian-born aces listed below.

Name Victories Notes
József Kiss 19 victories Hungary's leading ace was the only noncommissioned officer in the Luftfahrtruppen to be commissioned as an officer.[1][2]
Franz Gräser 18 victories Hungary's second leading ace was an aerial gunner turned self-taught pilot.[3][4]
Stefan Fejes 16 victories[5][6]
Karl Kaszala 8 victories[7][8]
Alexander Tahy 8 victories[9][10]
Johann Risztics 7 victories Set post-war world aviation records.[11][12]
Johann Frint 6 victories[13][14]
Alexander Kasza 6 victories[15][16]
Julius Busa 5 victories[17][18]
Friedrich Hefty 5 victories[19][20]
Johann Lasi 5 victories[21][22]
Béla Macourek 5 victories Flew for the Red Air Corps post-war.[23][24]
Rudolf Szepessy-Sokoll 5 victories[25] Flew first strategic aerial bombing mission in history.[26]

See also


  • Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell F. & Alegi, Gregory (1997). Above the War Fronts: The British Two-seater Bomber Pilot and Observer Aces, the British Two-seater Fighter Observer Aces, and the Belgian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Fighter Aces, 1914–1918. London, UK: Grub Street. ISBN 978-1-898697-56-5.
  • O'Connor, Martin (1994). Air Aces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914–1918. Mountain View, California: Flying Machines Press. ISBN 978-0-96371-101-4.