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COLD WAR

Warsawa Pact air forces victory credits



  Cold War and interceptions over Central Europe

The Warsaw Pact was defined as a Treaty of Friendship Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between the Soviet Union and his vassal countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania), to "promote defense of Europe against Capitalist agression". The air space violations almost always resulted in interceptions by Warsaw Pact fighters:
Several US reconnaissance aircraft were shot down, P2V Neptunes, RB-29s, RB-45s, RB-47s.
NATO fighters forced down over Czechoslovakia or Bulgaria.
Spy balloons ('blimp') over Central Europe.

  Cold War and interceptions over the seas


US Navy aircraft downed off the Chinese coasts (Neptunes, Mercators, RA-3s).
Losses over the Barents Sea (RB-47s, B-58), over the Baltic Sea, in the Kola peninsula sector...
The vile shooting down of civil airliners by PVO fighters.

  Claims and Credits

All Western losses were duly recorded. The difficulty for the historians isn't the veracity of the kills but the search for the names of the Warsaw pact pilots. Many skirmishes involving NATO fighters are not documented to date, as well as many friendly kills and other mistakes.


  The lists

All the lists present the following data:
Name and (when known) first name are presented with arbitrary choice for the spelling (russian, german, arab names...).
RANK of the pilot: see the rank page for the meaning of the abbreviations and the equivalence.
According to the pages, COUNTRY, NATION for the nationality or ethnic origin, AIR_SERVICE for the air arm, are provided.
The number of victories represents usually the total of kills (individual plus shared). The shared kills are indicated when known under the form [indiv+shared]. The official score is indicated when different from the total (American and British scores of ww2 for example).
Authors of the SOURCES column are given; report to the bibliography page to find the books, articles, web pages in alphabetical order. The OTHER_SOURCES column presents the divergent scores with sometimes the author of the source.
The DETAIL column shows occasionally the type of kill, balloons, V-1s, ground kills, unconfirmed kills...
The NOTE column exposes different commentaries and for lack of space, abbreviations are used: report to the abbreviation page for their meaning.




Updated: 08/11/2007

Rank First Name Name Country Victories Sources Detail Air Service Units Death Note Other Sources
Jaroslav NOVAK Czechoslovakia 6 Josef Hlava (6 spy balloons) CVL 11.slp Spy balloon killer.
Trifon TRIFONOV Bulgaria 4 VNVV 1Sq MiG-17, spy balloons, 1956. 7 (Gordon)
Zdenek OUDA Czechoslovakia 3 CVL 1.slp MiG-23ML, 3 sports planes FTL, 1985-88.
Rene FRIEDRICH Czechoslovakia 2 CVL 1.slp L-39, 2 sports planes FTL, 1988-89.
M. NEMEC Czechoslovakia 2 CVL 1.slp L-39, 2 sports planes FTL, 1985-88.
Kapt Valery I. SHKINDER USSR 2 S.Barnes-T.Muffin VVS 152 IAP MiG-23M, 2 Iranian CH-47, 1978.
Kapt O. G. STEPANOV USSR 2 D.Lednicer VVS 156 IAP MiG-17, Iranian border, 1963, 1967.
Kapt Yu. B. ALEXANDROV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS MiG-21, 1 US airliner FTL, Kurils, 1968.
G. ANTOV Bulgaria 1 VNVV 1Sqn MiG-17, 1 spy balloon, 1956.
Maj Stepan Antonevich BAKHAEV USSR 1 M.Bykov+T.Polak VVS 515 IAP; 523 IAP MiG-15, Cold War and Korea, 1950. 12; 7 Korea
Jaroslav BENES Czechoslovakia 1 D.Lednicer CVL MiG-17, 1 shared Italian F-84 FTL, 1959.
Kapt A. BOSOV USSR 1 P. Butowski (civil aircraft downed) V-PVO 431 IAP Su-15, 1 KAL B.707 FTL, 1978.
CHMELICEK Czechoslovakia 1 CVL One VVS Li-2 FTL, 1953.
StLt Boris Pavlovich DOKIN USSR 1 T.Polak & C.Shores V-PVO 30GIAP One shared USN PB4Y, 1948. 0 (TFR)
J. DVORAK Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 1.slp One shared sports plane FTL, 1985.
V. S. EFREMOV USSR 1 V-PVO La-11, one USAF F-51D, 1950.
Ilia ELENSKY Bulgaria 1 D.Lednicer VNVV 1 unknown (Greek?) intruder, 1954.
Josef FAIX Czechoslovakia 1 D.Lednicer CVL MiG-19, 1 shared Italian F-84 FTL, 1959.
Kapt Oleg Petrovich FEDOTOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 11 IAP MiG-15, 1952.
FIALA Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 1.slp L-39, 1 shared Piper FTL, 1989.
Por Jan FOKS Czechoslovakia 1 T.Polak CVL 1 USAF aircraft, 1963.
Lt H. GAVRILOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer V-PVO MiG-17, 1 sh. USAF C-130, Armenia, 1958.
M. HLAVICA Czechoslovakia 1 (civil Piper) CVL 8.slp MiG-15bis, 1 civil Piper, 1955.
Kapt V. A. IGONIN USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS MiG-21, 1 US airliner FTL, Kurils, 1968.
IRLACHER Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 5.slp One balloon, 1955.
Maj Ferdinand IVAN Czechoslovakia 1 M.Irra CVL 4.letka/ 1.slp MiG-15SB, 1 Augusta-Bell FTL, 1978.
stLt IVANOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer V-PVO MiG-17, 1 sh. USAF C-130, Armenia, 1958.
JANCIK Czechoslovakia 1 (64 balloons?) CVL 5.slp Balloons with an Ar-96, 1953.
MlLt A. A. KALUGIN USSR 1 D. Lednicer VVS 5 GIAP MiG-15bis, one US C-47, 1951.
Kapt KOROTKOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS One shared USAF RB-47, 1955(56?).
Capt KOSTIN USSR 1 D.Lednicer, TFR VVS 610IAP MiG-15, one shared US RB-29, 1954.
stLt N. KOTOV USSR 1 T.Polak & C.Shores VVS 523 IAP MiG-15, one shared US RB-29, 1950.
stLt KUCHERYAEV USSR 1 D.Lednicer V-PVO MiG-17, 1 sh. USAF C-130, Armenia, 1958.
A. KULAGIN USSR 1 VVS 5 GIAP MiG-15, one USAAF C-47 FTL, 1951.
Kapt Valentin Aleksandrovich KULIAPIN (KALYUPIN) USSR 1 P. Butowski (civil aircraft downed) V-PVO 166 IAP (34.VA) Su-15T, one Canadair rammed, 1981.
Lt LAPOTKOV USSR 1 Web Task Force Russia VVS One shared US C-130, 1958.
M. LENTHAR Czechoslovakia 1 CVL Mi-24, 1 Piper FTL, 1988.
Kapt LESNOV USSR 1 D. Lednicer VVS 368 IAP La-11, one shared RB-29, 1952.
stLt Viktor V. LOPATKOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer V-PVO MiG-17, 1 sh. USAF C-130, Armenia, 1958.
StLt Ivan Yakovlevich LUKASHYEV USSR 1 D.Lednicer V-VPO 88 GIAP-TOF La-11, one shared Neptune, 1951.
Sandor MAGYAR Hungary 1 HAF 24FR ML MiG-15, 1 VVS MiG-17, 1956.
Maj MARESOW USSR 1 M.Zhirkhov VVS & EAF 1 Indep.ECM Sqn Tu-16, one USN F-4 collided, 1971.
MASAR Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 1.slp L-39, one shared sports plane FTL, 1988.
Kapt I. K. MOROZ USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS MiG-21, 1 US airliner FTL, Kurils, 1968.
NEMETH Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 1.slp MiG-23ML, 1 Cessna FTL, 1987.
S. NETZOV Bulgaria 1 VNVV MiG-17, 1 spy balloon, 1956.
OLDRICH Czechoslovakia 1 J. Safarik CVL 1.slp L-39, 1 shared Piper FTL, 1988.
A. OLEYNIK Russia 1 D. Lednicer RusAF Su-27P, 1 civil L-39 FTL, 1998.
Henrik OSIERDA Poland 1 PAF 11.FR WOPK MiG-21, fratricide kill, 1970.
Kapt Grigorii I. OSINSKII USSR 1 R. Jonsson V-VS 483 IAP One Swede C-47, 1952, Baltic Sea.
Maj Gennadii N. OSIPOVICH USSR 1 P. Butowski (civil aircraft downed) V-PVO Su-15TM, KAL-007 Boeing, 1983.
V. P. PAVLOVSKII USSR 1 D.Lednicer (civil aircraft downed) VVS 156 IAP MiG-17, one Iranian civilian L-26, 1963.
Kapt PECHENKIN USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 156 IAP MiG-17, one Iranian L-20, 1964.
Boris Vasilev PETROV Bulgaria 1 D.Lednicer (civil aircraft downed) VNVV MiG-15, 1 El Al Constellation, 1955.
Z. PISKATY Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 5.slp L-39, one USAFE Cobra, 1985.
Kapt Vasilii A. POLYAKOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 171 GIAP MiG-17, one USAF RB-47, 1960.
Ivan Petrovich PROSKURIN USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 11 IAP MiG-15, one RB-29, Sea of Japan.
Emil PTACEK Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 1.slp MiG-17PF, 1 Convair FTL, 1957.
M. RICKA Czechoslovakia 1 CVL 8.slp L-29, 1 German a/c by taran, 1973.
MlLt M. RODIONOV USSR 1 Web TFR V-VS 153IAD One American B-26, Port-Arthur, 1952.
Capt RUBTSOV USSR 1 Web TFR V-VS 865IAP MiG-15, one B-47, Bering, 1955.
Kapt Alexandr D. RYBAKOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 88 GIAP MiG-17, one RB-50, Vladivostok, 1953.
Konstantin Krumov SANKIYSKI Bulgaria 1 D.Lednicer (civil aircraft downed) VNVV MiG-15, 1 El Al Constellation, 1955.
Kapt L. I. SAVICHEV USSR 1 A.E.Melnikov V-PVO MiG-17P, one USAF Blimp, 1954.
Lt SAZHIN USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS MiG-15, one RB-47, Kamchatka, 1955(56?).
M. SCHUKIN USSR 1 V-PVO 88 GIAP-TOF La-11, one Neptune, S.of Japan, 1951.
Lt SEBERYAKOV USSR 1 TFR VVS 610 IAP MiG-15, one RB-29, Kurils, 1954.
SELIBANCHIK USSR 1 A.E.Melnikov V-PVO One USAF spy balloon, 1954.
stLt Nikolai SEMERNIKOV USSR 1 R. Jonsson V-PVO MiG-15, one Swedish Catalina, 1952.
SEVETLICHNIKOV USSR 1 Web AirCombat VVS 34 VA MiG-17, one shared USAF C-118, 1958.
stLt Moisei Kuzmich SHCHUKIN USSR 1 D. Lednicer V-VS 88 GIAP-TOF La-11, one Neptune, S. of Japan, 1951.
V. SHEKOOROV Russia 1 D. Lednicer RusAF Su-27P, 1 civil L-39 FTL, 1998.
Zdenek SORYC Czechoslovakia 1 CVL One VVS Li-2 FTL, 1953.
Por Jaroslav SRAMEK Czechoslovakia 1 T.Polak, M.Irra CVL 2.letka 5.slp MiG-15, one US F-84, 1953.
M. STOYANOV Bulgaria 1 VNVV 1Sqn MiG-17PF, 1 spy balloon, 1956.
Kapt G. F. SVETLISHNIKOV USSR 1 D.Lednicer PVO 976IAP MiG-17, one C-118, Armenia, 1958.
O. TERBANOV USSR 1 Web AirCombat (civil aircraft downed) V-PVO Su-15TM, one DC-8, 1981.
MlLt Ivan Ivanovich TEZYAEV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 30 GIAP One shared PB-4Y, Baltic Sea, 1950.
M. TMKA Czechoslovakia 1 J. Safarik CVL Mi-24, 1 Piper FTL 1994.
Miroslav TRNKA Czechoslovakia 1 CVL Mi-24, 1 Piper FTL, 1994.
M. VALASEK Czechoslovakia 1 AirCombat CzAF MiG-19, one Polish a/c ramming, 1964.
Lt Zdenek VOLEMAN Czechoslovakia 1 T.Polak, M.Irra CVL 5.lsp, 2.lsp MiG-15, 1 USN AD-4 1954. 2
Maj VORONOV USSR 1 Web TFR V-VS 153IAD One 'Martin' claimed, Port-Artur, 1952.
stLt Yu. M. YABLONOSKII USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 88 GIAP MiG-17, one RB-50, Askol'd Is., 1953.
Ilya YATSENKO-KOSENKO USSR 1 R. Jonsson V-PVO KBF MiG-15, 1 Swedish Catalina, 1952.
Kapt Gennadii Nicolaievich YELISEYEV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 982 IAP, 20 GIAP 28/11/1973 MiG-21, 1 taran IIAF RF-4C, 1973.
Maj I. F. YEVTOSHENKO USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS MiG-21, 1 US airliner FTL, Kurils, 1968.
Kapt B.F. ZAKHAROV USSR 1 D.Lednicer VVS 976 IAP (34.VA) MiG-17, one US C-118, Armenia, 1958.
ZATORA Czechoslovakia 1 (balloon) CVL MiG-19, 1 spy balloon.
Kapt I. ZDATCHENKO USSR 1 P.Butowski (spy balloon) V-PVO Su-15TM, one Blimp balloon, Kola, 1990.
Lt ZHERDEV USSR 1 TFR V-VS 153IAD One shared 'Martin', Port-Artur, 1952.
Lt Alekseyevich ZHIRYAKOV USSR 1 D. Lednicer V-VS 368 IAP La-11, one RB-29, Kurils Is., 1952.
ZINOWLJEV USSR 1 Web AirCombat VVS 33 IAP MiG-21, one USAF RB-66, 1964.
MlLt ZIZEVSKII USSR 1 D. Lednicer VVS 14 IAP Yak-9, one US B-29 FTL, 1945.
Table: Warsawa Pact air forces victory credits


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