Biplane fighter aces


Zászlós Ferenc Szénási

Ferenc Szénási was born in 1920 in Jászberény.

Zászlós (Ensign) Szénási was attached to the 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 27 August főhadnagy (Lieutenant) Ujszászy’s section was first over Dniepropetrovsk. The CR.42s circled over the city, and then they began to extend their circles until the patrol covered the neighboring countryside. Suddenly the experienced eyes of törzsőrmester (Staff Sergeant) Szobránci spotted a low flying modern Soviet fighter, which was about to land at a camouflaged airstrip. It was a large meadow edged by trees and under the trees were parked at least a squadron’s strength of I-17s. Szobránci, a veteran of the 1939 border skirmishes, warned his leader and dived on the unsuspecting Russian from the sun. He reached the ground sooner than he expected. A short burst and the Soviet fighter reared another burst and it crashed in the meadow. This started a feverish activity on the field. Some I-17s taxied to the take-off point, then raced along the grass. As the first machines rose in the air Ujszászy and Szobránci promptly shot down one each. In the meanwhile others managed to climb to the Hungarian fighters’ altitude and they headed for the intruders with marked determination. Ujszászy noticed a streak of tracers just missing his starboard wing. There was a Russian on his tail. He pulled the stick back, but his attacker must have expected this, for the bullets continued to pass by very close. Ujszászy threw his machine into a turn; glanced back and somewhat relieved saw his pursuer spiraling downward followed by thick smoke. The other member of the section, Szénási had arrived just in the right moment. Ammunition now ran low and the Hungarian fighters began to withdraw but Ujszászy managed to claim one last I-17 while his wingmen guarded his tail. This fighter crashed after he had sent a burst into the cockpit. The section claimed 5 victories in this combat and in the evening the German intelligence confirmed the destruction of at least 5, possibly 6 aircraft.

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

Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 27/08/41 1 I-17 Destroyed Fiat CR.42   Dniepropetrovsk area 1/3. vadászszázad

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 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 info kindly provided by Csaba Becze

Last modified 15 April 2007