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Re: Col Toon.
Regarding your suspicions (shared by Mike Yared) about Russian pilots in
VPAF during Vietnam War: it is known that at least in 2 occasions there were
Soviet pilots engaging US planes (the info came from the US-Russia Join
Commision for POW/MIA, Vietnam War Working Group).
In 1966, instructor Sr.Lt. Vadim Petrovich Shchbakov was allowed to fly
combat missions with a MiG-21 of the 921st FR, and was credited with 6
kills, becaming an ace. The source did not when such shootdowns happened,
but from another sources I guess that he was the pilot who claimed to shot
down an EB-66 on October 5 1966 (not confirmed by USAF) and an F-105D on
December 8 1966 (pilot: Donald Asire, MIA).
On Sept.11 1972, a MiG-21U piloted by a Russian pilot and a VPAF student was
jumped by 4 F-4Js of VMFA-333 "Shamrocks". The Russian pilots could elude 3
of them, but the fourth one, piloted by Lasseter/Cummings, shot it down
(Russian ejected, Vietnamese student KIA), becaming the only marine's kill
in Vietnam. But, before being shot down, the Russian was heading to a zone
protected by SAMs, and the victorious F-4J was also shot down by a S-75M
Dvina (SA-2). Lasseter died, Cummings survived as a POW.
I hope this info helps you.
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