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RE: MiG pilots got worse
mention AAA losses as well.
Dan is correct that the
numbers ARE wrong, but the new problem is how wrong and for what
So far it would appear that about 60% of USAF claims appear to
be correct, whereas the Soviet claims are more like 25% and the Chinese ones
much lower still -- perhaps below 20%.
Total US losses so far by my
account are under 3,000 for all services and all UN nations. Many of those are
from accidents and mechanical failures so they really are hard to consider
combat losses. (Note that Ed McGill does state with some authority that some
maintenance was substandard and at least one B-29 was lost to incorrectly
repaired combat damage.)