Biplane fighter aces


Hadnagy Albert Seres

Hadnagy (Second Lieutenant) Albert Seres was attached to 1/3. vadászszázad (1/3. Fighter Squadron) at the time of the assault on Soviet Union. The unit was equipped with Fiat CR.42s.

On 26 August, Seres’ section flew a sortie over Dniepropetrovsk when they noticed three enemy fighters below. The CR.42s dived on them immediately. On of the Soviet fighters noticed the Hungarians and dived away but Seres sat behind on of the other I-16s and sent burst after burst into the fuselage. The chase ended when the I-16 flew into a group of trees. Zászlós (Ensign) Márton Szőnyi managed to creep up on the other I-16 undetected and sent a long burst into it. Within a minute the machine exploded among the houses of a village. While this happened Zászlós Baranyai found himself face to face with five more I-16s. He raced towards them with machine guns firing and managed to break through. Then he turned back and attacked one of the Russian fighters. Soon, however, another I-16 began to shoot at him from behind. And when he managed to evade the bullets, another I-16 appeared from the opposite direction. He did not quite know how long this deadly play went on but he was wounded in the leg, his oil tank was holed and there were bullet marks all over the aircraft. He remained cool and kept using the CR.42s excellent manoeuvrability and survived until Seres and Szőnyi reappeared on the scene. Now the Hungarians surprised the Russians and within seconds Seres and Szőnyi shot down an I-16 each in flames. At long last Baranyai had his opportunity to pick an adversary. His long burst penetrated the I-16 and, trailing black smoke, it hit the ground beside the Samara River. When Baranyai landed not a drop of oil was left in his tank. Fortunately his wound was not serious and he was soon patched up by the medics and flew again the next day.

On the 27 August during a second patrol of the squadron during the day over Dniepropetrovsk, Seres and Zászlós (Ensign) Baranyai claimed two fighters.

In 1944 Seres served in the 5/1. Hungarian night fighter squadron.
In the end of September 1944 they started the conversion to Bf 110G night fighters an 6./NJG 102 in Ohlau. After conversion flights to twin-engined aircraft (Si204s and Fw58s) and night orientation training they started to fly with Bf 110Gs equipped with the SN-2 radar in November and they trained the co-operation with ground navigation station.

Later he served in the 1st Hungarian night fighter squadron.

Seres ended the war with 3 victories, these claimed while flying Fiat CR.42s.

Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 26/08/41 1 I-16 Destroyed Fiat CR.42 V-202 Dniepropetrovsk area 1/3. vadászszázad
2 26/08/41 1 I-16 Destroyed Fiat CR.42 V-202 Dniepropetrovsk area 1/3. vadászszázad
3 27/08/41 1 Enemy fighter Destroyed Fiat CR.42 V-202 Dniepropetrovsk area 1/3. vadászszázad

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.

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
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 21 January 2004