This is a table medal that commemorates Freiherr Gottfried von Banfield (1890-1896), WW I’s leading Austrian naval ace. He had nine confirmed victories and eleven unconfirmed victories. Many of these unconfirmed victories were a result of actions over water. He flew seaplanes throughout the entire war. As a point of comparison, the leading army pilot was Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg (1890-1964), with thirty-two confirmed victories.
The table medal is made of a dark, non magnetic metal and measures 1 7/8″ in diameter. The obverse shows von Banfield wearing the Austrian Navy’s uniform and visor cap. His name appears on the obverse, along with “KuK. Lschlt.” The reverse shows planes in combat, with a smoking one headed toward the water.