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p-39driver
05-03-2004, 07:57 AM
Did the Soviet and Imperial Japanese air forces ever meet in combat during the tail end of WWII?

If so,where and when?

Thanks,

p-39driver

p-39driver
05-03-2004, 07:57 AM
Did the Soviet and Imperial Japanese air forces ever meet in combat during the tail end of WWII?

If so,where and when?

Thanks,

p-39driver

Heavy_Weather
05-03-2004, 09:34 AM
i dont think this ever happened, at least i've never found any info regarding this. i did however find out that the Russians signed a non-agression pact with the Japanese which allowed Stalin to pull some 80000 troops off their eastern front with Japan in order to reinforce his armies fighting the Germans.

"To fly a combat mission is not a trip under the moon. Every attack, every bombing is a dance with death."
- Serafima Amsova-Taranenko: Noggle, Ann (1994): A Dance with Death.

SithSpeeder
05-03-2004, 10:07 AM
Yes, they met. Two days after the first Atom bomb was dropped, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan and basically overran Manchuria (which had been held by the Japanese since about 1933). By then, the Soviet war machine was quite powerful and experienced. Even after Japan had surrendered, the Soviets continued to occupy Manchuria for another 8 months, raiding large amounts technology and industrial machinery. Many Japanese prisoners were taken to forced labor camps for a long time thereafter, too.

[The following is quoted off the google newsgroups...not sure of the source, but sounds good....)
The P-63 was flown in air combat against the
Japanese in August, 1945. Capt, Viacheslav Sirotin and Lt. Miroshnichenko of
the 17th IAP, which had replaced its La-5 fighters with P-63Cs, for example, on
the 15th of that month got into a dogfight with JAAF fighters and downed two.
(Interviews I conducted with several Soviet pilots who flew against both the
Germans and Japanese commented that the Japanese pilots were more skilled and
more aggressive--[their comments refer to the late-war period].)

Hope that helps.

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[This message was edited by SithSpeeder on Mon May 03 2004 at 12:34 PM.]

BpGemini
05-03-2004, 10:16 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by p-39driver:
Did the Soviet and Imperial Japanese air forces ever meet in combat during the tail end of WWII?

If so,where and when?

Thanks,

p-39driver<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Ironically with the name P-39driver, the only P-63 during the war to score a kill was flown by a Soviet pilot against the Imperial Japanese air force.

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Bearcat99
05-03-2004, 12:02 PM
See this (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=340104483) thread... Im sure the I-16s werent flown by Americans....

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SithSpeeder
05-03-2004, 03:37 PM
Bear, et al--

Found this link, too http://www.wio.ru/spain/china-a.htm
talking about Soviet planes used in China against the Japanese, as well as the mixed pilot heritage (Soviets and Chinese).

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WUAF_Badsight
05-03-2004, 05:17 PM
wow great links

bump

p-39driver
05-03-2004, 10:48 PM
Thanks folks.....
My curiousity has been satisfied and then some.