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Re: revising air war kill tallies
to joe brennen: i'm really intrigued by your numbers,
and inspired to learn more!
when you mentioned that sometimes two pilots made
claims but only one plane went down, it reminded me of
an old question of mine. seven of the US korean war
aces show a half-kill in their final total; i take it
then that the air force routinely awarded half-kills;
what was the criteria for that? does it match up with
examples like you are talking about, when soviet
records show only one plane going down when there were
two USAF claimants?
could that sort of thing be checked to see if the two
pilots making a claim on the same plane were wingmen,
or in the same flight, etc? that would be logical &
jibe with the air force's practice of awarding
or do you mean two pilots in completely different
areas were claiming a plane, & the records only show
one enemy plane going down that day in all of korea?
that of course would be much more problematic to
i thank you for your time, sir, and i am very
energized by your response to learn more about
competing "schools of thought" on this question.
obviously, igor siedov is only one researcher, who
just happened to be the first one i was exposed to
(through diego) on this subject. i am not one to look
for a single definitive historical account that
somehow answers all the questions. instead, i want to
familiarize myself with all the current research out
there. you have been extremely helpful in pointing me
in other directions. sincerely, jose c.
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