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agree with Cookie, especially when you gather names from open-source
publications. I have a list of almost 8,000 Soviets that fought during the
Korean War, 99% of which come from the archives. It is amazing however,
that even then there are variants in the spellings, mostly from poor clerical
work within the various units.
Spelling seems to be optional with many of
the Russian texts. Naboka spells one name one way, Seidov and German another,
and Pepelyayev may have a third or just use nicknames (e.g. Sasha, Fedya,
It plays hob with trying to sort out a list of pilots. I
have one of over 1100 and am not too trusting of some of the names. However,
the 196th is one of the best covered and most consistent.