Biplane fighter aces

Hungary

Zászlós Miklós ‘Miki’ Kun

Zászlós (Ensign) Kun was attached to 1/3. vadászszázad (1/3. Fighter Squadron) at the time of the assault of Soviet Union. The unit was equipped with Fiat CR.42s.

On 11 August two sections of the squadron and the Reggiane Re2000 flight, which was attached to the squadron for testing of this fighter under combat conditions, took of under the command of százados (Captain) László Tomor to escort főhadnagy (Lieutenant) Szakonyi’s Caproni Ca135 detachment. The mission was to destroy the important bridge over the river Bug at Nikolayev since this bridge was the last remaining escape route of the encircled Soviet army. The bridge was however strongly defended by antiaircraft batteries and fighters. On the way to the target the antiaircraft fire was heavy. Most of the bombers were hit but yet they destroyed the bridge and severely damaged the railway station. On the return flight Soviet I-16s attacked the Hungarian aircraft. The Hungarian fighters flew above the bombers when they left the target area and when the Russian leader selected the first Caproni he was intercepted by szakaszvezetö (Senior Aircraftsman) Lajos Göcsei and hadnagy (Second Lieutenant) Seres. A turning dogfight followed but the Hungarian CR.42s stayed behind the desperate Russian until Göcsei found himself in a favorable position. He sent a long burst into the fuselage of the I-16, flames leapt from the aircraft and it fell towards the ground like a spinning torch. Almost at the same time Kun had shot down another I-16 which just flew in front of his machine guns. When Tomor rejoined the bombers he discovered a lone I-16 behind one of the Capronis. He dived on the enemy and shot it down in flames. At the same time zászlós Márton Szönyi and zászlós Baranyai, who were escorting a crippled Caproni, encountered two I-16s and shot them down promptly. Seres, who flew back to search for the two fighters and the bomber, saw the two Soviet fighters hitting the deck. This was the 1/3. "Kör ász" vadászszázad first five claims during the Second World War and all CR.42s were hit but none were lost. The Re2000s claimed two more Soviet fighters, but had lost a pilot. The crippled Caproni claimed three and another Caproni claimed one additional Soviet fighter.

Later in the war he served as a Ju 52 pilot in the 102/1. futárszállító század.

Kun ended the war with 1 victory, this one claimed while flying Fiat CR.42.

He emigrated after the war to West Germany where he passed away in 1982.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941              
1 11/08/41 1 I-16 Destroyed Fiat CR.42   Nikolayev area 1/3. vadászszázad

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.

Sources:
Csaba Becze: A magyar királyi 1. honvéd éjjeli vadász repülőszázad Magyar Repüléstörténeti Társaság Konferencia Közleményei 1999 kindly provided by Csaba Becze
Biplane Against The Red Bear - Julius R. Gaal, 1974 Air Combat Spring/1974 kindly provided by Santiago Flores
Harcok az orosz égen Budapest - László Tomor, 1942 kindly provided by Csaba Becze




Last modified 28 August 2002