Fõhadnagy László Pongrácz
László Pongrácz was born in 1907.
In 1938 Fõhadnagy (1st Lieutenant) Pongrácz served in the 1/2. vadászszázad (Fighter Squadron) operating Fiat CR.32s.
On 25 October 1938 he downed a Czech S-328 from 10 Squadron over Hodzovo.
The Letov's pilot, Corporal Ján Kello was wounded and the observer, aspirant Jaromir Sotola was killed.
This claim isn't a confirmed victory and his commanders punished him since it took place during a very sensitive period. This incident was direct before the first Wiener judgment when Hungary got back former territories where the ethnic majority was Hungarian.
During the Second World War he served as a test-pilot.
Pongrácz ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
After the war he emigrated to South-America and passed away on 30 April 1986 in Buenos Aires.
|Kill no.||Date||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||25/10/38||1||Letov S-328 (a)||Destroyed||Fiat CR.32||Hodzovo||1/2. vadászszázad|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Czech S-328 from 10 Squadron shot down. The pilot, Corporal Ján Kello was wounded and the observer, aspirant Jaromir Sotola was killed.
Tuzkeresztség - Csaba Becze, 2001 Aero magazin March 2001
Additional information kindly provided by Csaba Becze