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TRose wrote:Should also bear in mind many of the German pilots where able to rack up the score during the early days of the war in the east when the Soviet Pilots where poorly trained, flying inferior aircraft, with bad doctrine and everything in total confusion. Think the highest number of kills by any pilot was by a German pilot who shot down 22 Soviet Aircraft in one day.
Benoit Douville wrote:During World War II, Ivan Kozhedub flew 326 combat missions, took part in 126 combats, and achieved 62 or is it 63 kills? (In them 22 FW 190 and 18 Ju 87).
The confirmation process of the Air Force headquarters was very strict during the Winter War. Only those claims that were witnessed by outsiders were confirmed. During the first six months of the Continuation War the situation remained much the same, although the headquarters began to confirm claims without neutral witnesses. It became a matter of some sort of trust. By autumn 1942 the air force commander [my note: Lieutenant-General Jarl Lundqvist] paid attention for the first time to the steeply ascending amount of unconfirmed victories. The confirmation process remained the same however. The problem was solved in summer 1943 so that all claims without witnesses were confirmed into the wing's account [my note: the change from E to R I mentioned in the previous post] and not into the pilot's personal score.
Commander of Flying Regiment 3 Lieutenant-Colonel Gustaf Magnusson demanded in July 1943, also because of tactical reasons, that the Air Force HQ takes measures to make the process of confirming claims of shot-dowm aircraft more strict and stops the present custom of flying alone. "I can mention as an example, that there are no witnesses for 47% of the aircraft shot down by Flying Squadron 34."
Lieutenant-Colonel Magnusson's demand had especial value because the mentioned squadron was a part of his regiment.
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