Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War

Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War

Aircraft of the Aces 82
  • Author: Leonid Krylov, Yuriy Tepsurkaev
  • Illustrator: Yuriy Tepsurkaev
  • Short code: ACE 82
  • Publication Date: 7 May 2008
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The Soviet Union began assisting the People's Republic of China in its establishment of a modern air force in 1950, when Soviet Air Force regiments were sent to train local pilots. China's involvement in the Korean War in late October 1950 inevitably drew Soviet pilots into the war, with a total of 52 Soviet pilots scoring five or more victories there. The history of these covert actions has been a long-buried secret and this book is the first English publication to detail the only instance when the Cold War became 'hot'. This book uncovers Soviet combat experiences during the Korean War from detailed unit histories and rare first-hand account. With access to extensive Russian archives, the authors offer an enthralling insight into an air war that has been largely covered up and neglected. Illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and detailed full colour profiles, this book is a unique opportunity to read about an often-forgotten aspect of the Cold War.

Biographical Note

Leonid Krylov and Yuriy Tepsurkaev have been researching the covert Soviet Air Force participation in the air war over North Korea for almost 20 years, and they have published several articles and books on the subject in Russia. Their research, started in 1989, is based on Soviet documents stored at the Central Archive of the Russian Defence Ministry and recollections of veterans of the 64th IAK. During 17 years of research, the authors have accumulated recollections from over 100 participants in the Korean War, and studied several thousand archive documents ranging from debriefing and combat reports to documents drawn up by the Air Force Commander-in-Chief and the Air Force General Staff.Yuriy Tepsurkaev is a Russian aviation illustrator with many years of research experience into the Soviet involvement in the Korean War.


Motives for the Soviet Air Force's participation in the Korean War
Reasons for considerable exaggeration of kills claimed by Soviet pilots, compared with real losses to UN forces
Initial participation of Soviet pilots in the Korean War
Establishment of the 64th IAK
Combat employment
Combat operations of La-11 night interceptors of the 351st IAP
First success of MiG-15bis nightfighters

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