Juha Tompuri wrote: Juha wrote:
JT wrote: Mainly because of how the kills were calculated.
And what is wrong with the way the kills were calculated?
Actually not having the chance to know the way, but judging by the number(s) it seems that also (unintentional?) mid-air collisions are counted in.
There are two mid-air collisions included, in both cases Mohawk pilot had maneuvered behind Ki-43 with which he collied.
According to Andrew Thomas in Osprey’s P-36 Hawk Aces of World War 2 p. 80 10 Nov 1942
collision: P/O Tovey attacked Ito’s Ki-43 which began to trail white vapour and then collided with his intended victim. The Ki-43 crashing, Ito KIA, and Tovey disengaged and returned to his base. Similar cases are usually counted as combat kills. What else it would be, aircraft accident?
According to Shores on Jan 19 1943
F/O Boyes got on the tail of a Ki-43 which was itself pursuing a Mohawk, the tail of this Ki-43 suddenly swung up and hit hit the wing of B’s a/c, cutting off a piece of the left wing about 4 ft from the wingtip. Ki-43 crashed, B returned with a piece of Ki-43 still embedded in the damaged wing.
Including those two mid-air collisions results were 6 or 7 Mohawks losses
, 29 Mar 1943
case is open to various interpretations because it is difficult to say the reason of the engine seizure vs 6 Ki-43s losses.