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Old 5th January 2007, 16:21
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Re: Percentage of Verifiable Victories of Various Aces –Updates & Recommendations

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Originally Posted by Nick Beale View Post
I'd agree if (...) the pilot did not return to operations.
My understanding is that the subject of an air combat 'kill' claim was the enemy airplane, not the pilot. Therefore, if the airplane was more or less O.K., i.e. only lightly damaged, but the pilot died or was severely wounded (like the case of Lt. Otto Fönnekold from JG 52, KIA on August 30, 1944, IIRC), I'd say it wasn't proof for an actual 'kill'.
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