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The Flying Tigers ,Combat Record -Dec 20, 1941 - July 4, 1942

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The Flying Tigers ,Combat Record -Dec 20, 1941 - July 4, 1942

During their 7 month service , the AVG compiled  an impressive combat record. They destroyed 299 japanese  aircraft , with another 153 probably destroyed.The group lost 12 aicraft in combat , 61 on the ground , including 22 burned at Loi Wing . Four pilots were killed in AIR COMBAT ,six were killed by anti-aircraft fire , three by enemy bombs on the ground and  three were taken prisoner . The AVG engaged in more than 50 AIR BATTLES without a single DEFEAT. and PASSED into HISTORY at midnight July  4, 1942.
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    Re:The Flying Tigers ,Combat Record -Dec 20, 1941 - July 4, 1942 2012/08/17 00:47:34 (permalink)
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    Take these claims with a heavy dose of salt. In the period December 1941 to May 1942, when AVG claims can be correlated with Japanese losses, they claimed 85 and actually got 21. During this period the AVG claimed 201 victories and RAF units 50, while actual Japanese losses were 65. Correlating AVG and RAF claims with Japanese losses is difficult because sometimes the two air forces were fighting together, but in the scenario that is most favourable to the AVG they couldn't have achieved better than 28 percent accuracy.
     
    In fairness, it should be noted that the Japanese were no better while the RAF achieved little better than 50 percent accuracy.
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    Re:The Flying Tigers ,Combat Record -Dec 20, 1941 - July 4, 1942 2012/08/18 23:14:26 (permalink)
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    Rangiora

    Take these claims with a heavy dose of salt. In the period December 1941 to May 1942, when AVG claims can be correlated with Japanese losses, they claimed 85 and actually got 21. During this period the AVG claimed 201 victories and RAF units 50, while actual Japanese losses were 65. Correlating AVG and RAF claims with Japanese losses is difficult because sometimes the two air forces were fighting together, but in the scenario that is most favourable to the AVG they couldn't have achieved better than 28 percent accuracy.

    In fairness, it should be noted that the Japanese were no better while the RAF achieved little better than 50 percent accuracy.

    David,
    Thank you for  your detailed response.
    Please do not shoot the messenger, my information is based on information  available.
    The majority of fighter pilots and aircrews  of ALL nations  carried out their duties in an exceptional fashion. Any controversy would likely come from those parties that wrote carelessly for sensational or propaganda purposes , and  not those  who tried to be OBJECTIVE  and  HONEST in  recording history to the best of their abilities using information available to them  at the time.
    Reference;  Christopher Shores , British aviation Historian  &  Author .
     
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