Aviators wanted

Aviators wanted! 5

Part 5 of our series Aviators wanted! includes once again ten avaitors from the historic crownlands of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. If you have any information concering these men (including photographs, documents, etc.) please do not hesitate to leave a comment below or get in touch with us via e-mail at

  • Grabmayr, Dr. Benno von, born 25 March 1885 in Meran/Merano
  • Gritsch, Rudolf, born 1897 in Meran/Merano
  • Guadagnini, German, born 11 October 1890 in Klausen/Chiusa
  • Haupolter, Hubert, born 6 September 1892 in Hall in Tirol
  • Hellriegl, Dr. Anton, born 24 November 1888 in Kitzbühel
  • Hesse, Max, born 1887 in Slaný (Bohemia). Pilot licence Nr. 31 from 19 October 1911, Feldpilot (Field Pilot) Oberleutnant in der Reserve.
  • Hillebrand, Karl, born 5 September 1897 in Innsbruck
  • Höfer, Osmin, born 1888 in Innsbruck, Observer
  • Hörmann, Josef, born 26 February 1887 in Mötz, Pilot
  • Hoffmann, Hermann, born 9 November 1890 in Innsbruck
Aviators wanted

Aviators wanted! 4

These ten Austro-Hungarian aviators were either born or lived for an extended period of time in the Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Part 4 of our series Aviators wanted!

  • Fessler, Dr. Alois, born 6 September 1881 in Hohenweiler, meteorologist
  • Ficker, Dr. von Feldhaus Heinrich, born 23 November 1881 in Munich (Germany), resident of Innsbruck, meteorologist
  • Flatscher, Dr. Rudolf, born 4 September 1885 in Franzensfeste/Fortezza, meteorologist
  • Flatz, Ernst, born 25 September 1884 in Travnik (Bosnia), father from Bregenz, telegraph controllor of the b.-h.-Heeresbahn (military railway), field pilot, deadly crash on 20 June 1914.
  • Folk, Hans, observer and field pilot, born in Milovice/Moravia
  • Franzelin, Adolf, born 8 August 1892 in Innsbruck
  • Frena, Otto, born 31 March 1895 in Kufstein
  • Fritz, Artur, born 8 March 1890 in Landeck, resident of Innsbruck
  • Gasser, Alois, born 28 January 1892 in Innsbruck
  • Gattinger, Alois, born 1858 in Innsbruck

If you have any information about any of them, please get in touch via or leave a comment below this article. We appreciate it!

Aviators wanted

Aviators wanted! 3

Here are ten more aviators from the Tyrol and Vorarlberg. We are looking for any information you may have on these aviators, including their family history, war service and of course photographs. Any contribution is much appreciated and will be given appropriate credit!

  • Depauli, Anton, field pilot, downed in July 1918, prisoner of war. Unknown birthplace and birthdate
  • Diesner Erwin, born on 27 October 1883 in Innsbruck
  • Dinkhauser Dr. Josef, born on 20 February 1881 in Innsbruck, meterologist
  • Dreher Ernst, born 6 January 1891 in Dornbirn
  • Eccher, Edler von Marienberg, Alfred, born 3 November 1878 in Innsbruck
  • Eichler, Oswald, born 19 November 1895 in Nowosielca in Romania, citizen and resident of Dornbirn (“heimatzuständig”)
  • Eller Franz, born 31 December 1896 in Innsbruck
  • Endrizzi Leopold, born 28 August 1881 in Bozen
  • Fabjan, Hermagor, born 23 October 1883 in Triebsdorf in Rudolfswörth (Krain), citizen and resident of Bregenz (“heimatzuständig”)
  • Fels Otto, born in 1884 in Dornbirn

Please also have a look at the German version of our website, which contains further information. While we do try to eventually translate most of the articles into English (and Italian), our most current articles and updates appear in German first.

If you have any information on these or other aviators from the historic regions of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, please leave a comment below or contact us via e-mail at!

Aviators wanted

Aviators wanted! 2

This week we are looking for the following Austro-Hungarian avaitors from the Tyrol and Vorarlberg:

  • Bernhard, Oskar Franz, born 6 October 1888 in Dornbirn, Feldpilot (field pilot), resident of Satteins
  • Bibiza, Franz, born in 1896 in Lienz, baloon operator, died in the field on 30 November 1917
  • Bösch, Eugen, born 19 July 1894 in Lustenau, Feldpilot (field pilot), place of residence and death are unknown
  • Brunner, Heinrich, born 18 May 1886 in St. Gallen/Switzerland
  • Büchele Hans, born on 24 September 1892 in Dornbirn
  • Chizzali de Bonfandini, Franz, born 1 April 1890 in Innsbruck
  • Christomanos Sigurd Leo, born 6 January 1896 in Innsbruck
  • Coreth-Starkenberg August, born 11 June 1894 in Trento
  • Czernin von Dirkenau, Egon, born 24 February1888 in Riva
  • Dechant, Friedrich, officer and pilot, unknown birthplace and birthdate

If you have any information about these aviators please get in touch!

Aviators wanted

Aviators wanted!

Who is a WWI aviator from the Tyrol or Vorarlberg? For our project we decided that anyone who was either born in the Tyrol (including South Tyrol and Trentino) or Vorarlberg, or who spent a significant part of their adult life in that region is relevant to us. However, finding these aviators is difficult. Many documents and records from that era were either lost or destroyed. Most others only contain very basic information, often even lacking information about birth places and places of residence prior to military service. In many cases we only have subtle hints that a certain aviator indeed falls within the scope of this project.

We will regularly update you about our findings in our blog. From time to time we will also publish lists of aviators, which may have been from the Tyrol and Vorarlberg, but where we lack further evidence and information.

  • Altadonna, Georg, Rovereto February 2, 1891
  • Anderl, Rudolf, Korporal, 1. Tiroler Kaiserjäger-Regiment, pilot at Artilleriefliegerlehrkompagnie (AFLK).
  • Anesi, Anselmo, Barselga Piva, December 14, 1885
  • Appel, Hans, Landeck, July 22, 1894
  • Aschberger, Hans, born in Meran/Merano (when?), Offiziersstellvertreter, in July 1918 he wrote about his pilot training in Klagenfurt
  • Bachlechner Hugo, Silz/Tyrol, May 12, 1896
  • Baier Maximilian, Brünn (Brno)/Innsbruck, 1890
  • Baier Otto, Loschau 1897 [Lochau?]
  • Baur, Fritz (Friedrich), Flugzeugführer (pilot), Oberleutnant (Hofrat Dr. Baur, Bozen, Museumstraße 35, perhaps his father?)
  • Bednarzik Maximilian, Innsbruck, January 28, 1891

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