By Leonid Krylov
The Soviet Union begun aiding the Peoples Republic of China in its institution of a contemporary air strength in 1950, whilst Soviet Air strength regiments have been despatched to coach neighborhood pilots. Chinas involvement within the Korean conflict in past due October 1950 necessarily drew Soviet pilots into the struggle. a complete of fifty two Soviet pilots scored 5 or extra victories within the Korean conflict. The historical past of those covert activities has been a long-buried mystery and this ebook could be the first English book to aspect the one example whilst the chilly struggle among Russia and the U.S. turned «hot.» This ebook uncovers Soviet wrestle studies through the Korean struggle from special unit histories and infrequent first-hand debts. With entry to huge Russian files, the authors supply a charming perception into an air battle that has been principally coated up and missed, illustrated with formerly unpublished images and precise full-color profiles.
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Extra info for Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War
I ordered them all to put their noses down, to pay attention and not to close up in the clouds. I could see my wingman but nothing in front of me. I didn't want any collisions! I was their CO, and therefore had responsibility for all my pilots. If just one pair collided it would be my fault. But we began to break out of the clouds and the overcast was above us. And there they were — B-29s, just three kilometres (two miles) from us. Our command post estimated that there were 12 bombers - I'd already counted them - and up to 120 escorting fighters.
The 4th FW jet literally disintegrated under the weight of Pepelyaev's fire. Later that same day, while leading two squadrons to intercept fighterbombers attacking trains in the Anju area, Pepelyaev and his wingman attacked eight F-84 fighters, one of which was shot down by the Soviet ace (USAF records confirm the loss of an F-86A, but not an F-84). On 27 November Lt Col Pepelyaev claimed another Thunderjet kill (USAF records state an F-80C was lost to MiGs and an F-84E hit the ground while strafing a train).
Major participants from the Soviet side were Lt Col Aleksander Smorchkov, second-in-command of 18th GvIAP and a man with 282 tactical missions, 36 aerial engagements and four individual kills in World War 2 to his credit (he would claim 12 more victories in Korea), and Maj Dmitriy Oskin, who would score 15 Korean War kills. They sighted a pair of Sabres and immediately went after them, as Smorchkov subsequently recalled; 'Together with Oskin, Dmitriy and Pavlovich, I was flying at 12,000 m (39,000 ft) when we caught two Sabres.