By Victor Kulikov

Even supposing the Russian Imperial military Air provider consisted of not more than 4 baggage (Boevaya Aviatsionniy Gruppa – conflict aviation groups), each one controlling 3 or 4 smaller AOIs (Aviatsionniy Otryad Istrebitelei – fighter aviation detachments) built with quite a few airplane forms, its fighter pilots however gave a great account of themselves. certainly, in the course of 3 years of warfare they claimed greater than two hundred Austro-Hungarian and German airplane shot down, developing thirteen aces – those elite aviators accounted for round 1/2 the victories claimed at the japanese entrance. Pilots flew numerous fighter varieties, with French Nieuport scouts and SPAD VIIs proving to be the most well-liked, and potent, aeroplanes to work out carrier in this entrance. The exploits of those aces are designated the following, with info in line with fabric newly sourced by means of the writer from Russian army and personal records. Many formerly unpublished photos are used to demonstrate this e-book, supported through full-colour profiles that demonstrate how extraordinary a few of the aces' opponents have been during this often-forgotten theatre of worldwide warfare I.

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After several passes his opponent rapidly lost altitude, but Yanchenko failed to locate any wreckage. Five days later, flying the same fighter, he twice attacked enemy aeroplanes. Again, one of his opponents fell out of formation and headed for Brzeżany, on the enemy side of the lines. Yanchenko later reported, ‘I attacked and shot down an enemy spotter aeroplane. During its fall it turned over in the air several times’. He claimed that the enemy aircraft fell west of Adamuvka in the region of Potutory.

In memory of this event Smirnov was photographed near his Type I with the captive German pilot. At 0900 hrs on 3 May Podporuchik (Second Lieutenant) Zhabrov of the 2nd KAO and Praporshchik Smirnov of the 19th KAO engaged a Fokker monoplane fighter in combat north of Bol’shovtse. Following the encounter the German pilot descended abruptly in his own territory, and after landing Smirnov and Zhabrov found bullet holes in their aircraft. This photograph of Smirnov was taken when he visited an airfield of the 7th AOI during the spring of 1917.

On 20 September 1914, when fighting was already in full swing, Kokorin, with the rank of Starshyi Unter-Officer (senior non-commisioned officer), passed his pilot’s test on a Nieuport monoplane and was sent to the front. In December he was transferred to the 4th KAO, where he proved to be an excellent scout pilot. For courageous reconnaissance flights and the successful bombing of enemy positions from March 1915 to June 1916, Kokorin was decorated with all four soldier’s Crosses of St George. The future Russian ace also had his first air combats at that time, a 4th KAO report noting that ‘on 14 April 1916 pilot Unter-Officer Kokorin and observer Podporuchik Belokurov, armed only with revolvers during deep rear reconnaissance on an MS type L, attacked an Albatros and drove it aCes of the 1st BaG Fokker was submerged by the waves of the incoming tide.

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