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Re: Gabreski vs Shchukin? twice?
You have fallen on to something. The US Pros against the Russian Pros. Seems to
appear somewhat of a draw. Maybe the US F86 pilots having a slight advantage.
All these pilots were aggressive and got the most out of their planes. Is there
a book forming or being written on the Clash of these Titans.
It would be interesting to read about how they maneuvered to shootdown or evade
and recover. The development of tactics. Who were in the battles won and lost.
Diego Zampini wrote:
> Cookie, Danz and Joe:
> I was re-reading our last mails and my list of claim/kills from both sides
> and I found something interesting: on October 2 1951, the day that Joe
> mentioned that the F-86A of Francis Gabreski was badly shot-up and later
> written off (after having probably shot down the leader of the MiGs of 17
> IAP, Capt. I. Morozov), the MiG-15 Ace Major Lev K. Shchukin (18 GIAP, 303
> IAD) claimed his 7th kill, an F-86. It is true that he was no the only one
> MiG pilot who claimed Sabre kills that day, but due to 3 out of his previous
> 6 claims are confirmed kills (one F-51D on June 1, one F-80C on June 6 and
> one Meteor on August 29) certainly he looks like the stronger candidate for
> having shot-up Gabreski.
> But the most interesting twist of fate is that on January 11 1952 Francis
> Gabreski claimed his 4th MiG kill in Korea, and that day Lev Shchukin was
> downed for second time!!! Again, there were other Sabre pilots who claimed
> MiG kills that day (Whisner, Payne and Reeves), but certainly it will be an
> interesting thing if those two skillful aces (Gabreski and Shchukin) would
> cross their paths twice and both had shot-up/downed each other in both
> After all, it would not the last time that aces of both sides met each
> other: Jabara/Alfeyev on May 20 1951, Fischer/Berelidze on April 7 1953 and
> McConnell/Fedorets on April 12 that same day. What do you know and what do
> you think about it?
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