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Re: To YSK: NK in Vietnam
I was who send the message with the statements (which is not mine, I wrote
it as appeared in the document TFR 210, pages 2-32. It seems to be a summary
of all the reports passed to the Russians by the North Vietnamese along
1965-72). It does not mean that it had actually happened, but only that the
Korean said that to the North Vietnamese during a mission debriefing.
I agree with Ed that it seems propaganda, and I personally would not take it
seriously. But I also must mentionate that similar incidents were reported
by Soviet and Vietnamese pilots along Korea and Vietnam Wars. Some of those
- June 29 1953: the Heroe of the USSR during WW2 and CO of 676 IAP, Col.
Ivan Gorbunov, was killed by a Sabre's machinegun fire while hanging on a
parachute after had been shot down his MiG by an F-86. I personally give
some reliability to such assertion. Due to at this time the Soviets had not
admitted his presence in Korea, such event would be useless as propaganda.
- May 10 1972: one of the MiG-17 pilots reported as shot down by the US Navy
F-4J Phantom pilots Lt.Randall Cunningham and Lt(jg) William Driscoll, was
reported as killed by cannon fire while hanging in his parachute. Personally
I doubt about it: the F-4J had no cannons, so it is impossible that such
event had occured.
- March 24 1999: a Yugoslav MiG-29 pilot, Major Nebojsa Nikolic, downed by a
F-15C seconds later after claiming to sahot down/hit a NATO plane (F-16?),
reported being shoot by those F-15s while hanging in his parachute, survived
due to the darkness. Probably Milosevic propaganda, but I would not
understimate it anyway.
Despite that, in any case, it should not be a cause of special alarm. With
only 4 or 5 events like that since the end of WW2, it seems to be a
behaviour very unusual.
Just my 2 cents.
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