253.12, flown by Oberleutenant in der Reserve Ludwig Hautzmayer, CO of Flik 61J, Ghirano, Italy, Summer 1918
Born on April 25th, 1893, in the city of Fürstenfeld, Hautzmayer entered the Great war as Lieutenant in der Reserve, with the 7th Infantry Regiment on the Russian
front, but he was soon wounded. After recovery, he volunteered for the Airship section, serving at Aspern airfield with Fliegerersatzkompanie 1, as technical officer and observer. In March 1915, he was assigned to Flik 15, also as an observer and technical officer. He entered pilot training in November 1915, and in February 1916 he was assigned to Flik 19, under the command of Hauptmann Adolf Heyrowsky, as Chefpilot. He got his first aerial victory on February 18th 1916,
taking part in the interception of an Italian Caproni over Laibach, in Slovenia (today Ljubljana). For this, Hautzmayer was in the cockpit of Fokker E.I 03.52. He
downed another Caproni a year and half later, on August 28th 1917. He joined Flik 51J under the command of his old friend, Benno Fiala, in February 1918.
In late March Hautzmayer was named commander of Flik 61J. His seventh and final aerial victory was an Italian Ansaldo SVA.5 on October 27th 1918. After the
war, he married a Hungarian, changing his name to the Hungarian ‘Lajos Tatai. He became a pilot for the Hungarian airline MALERT. He died after an air crash
close to Croydon airfield near London, on December 6th 1936.
INFO Eduard - February 2019