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Old 22nd April 2017, 20:19
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Re: Polikarpov I-16 top ace - Vasilii Golubyev ?

Good evening,

the ranking I-16 pilot is one of the top aces that is most difficult to determine, because
  • the I-16 fought in 5 different wars
  • the victory logs of the aces given by different sources hardly ever match
  • the decimals of the shared kills are often unknown
To address the last point I calculated the average of all the Soviet shared kills whose decimals I ever found. The result was 0,35, which I assume might be to high.
Based on this I tried to compare the I-16 scores of the most promising aces:
  • if we take the scores given in the book of Polak serious, Golubyev indeed might be the top I-16 ace with about 23+12sh kills in that type
  • based on the scores in the book of Bykov, the I-16 top ace might be Gritsevets with 9+24sh kills in that type
  • based on the scores given in the Polikarpov book of Maslov the most successful I-16 pilot might be Muravitzkiy with 12+35sh kills in the I-16

Thanks for your input,

Michael
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Old 22nd May 2017, 15:35
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Re: Polikarpov I-16 top ace - Vasilii Golubyev ?

...according to this website
http://soviet-aces-1936-53.ru/abc/g/golubev_vf.htm
Vasilii Golubyev has a total of 17+16shared kills only.
Can anybody tell me the story behind the well-known photo that shows him in front of an aircraft with 39 victory stars ?

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