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World War II

Vazhdushnite na Negovo Velichestvo Voiski (VNVV) / Royal Bulgarian Air Force
                                  VICTORIES
NAME                         CINFIRMED  DAMAGED      POINTS  UNIT                 COMMENTS

Stoyanov, Stoyan Iliev           4  [3+1]  5           15    682 Jato             1.
Bochev, Petar Angelov            4  [2+2]  3  [1+2]    13    3/6 Orlyak           2.
Toplodolski, Chudomir Milanov    4  [3+1]  2            8    3/6 Orlyak
Dimitrov, Gencho                 3         2            7    692 Jato
Bonchev, Nedelcho D.             3  [2+1]  1            9    652 Jato             3., 1 by ramming
Bonev, Ivan Nenov                3  [2+1]  1            8    682 Jato             4.
Tzvetkov, Marin Angelov          2  [1+1]  5  [4+1]    10    672 Jato
Petrov, Petar Kirov              2         2            8    2/6 Orlyak
Atanasov, Krastio A.             2  [0+2]  2  [1+1]     6    F.School, 3/6 Orlyak 5., 11.
Kostakiev, Hristo Vasiliev       2         1            6    3/6 Orlyak           6.
Tzankov, Hristo Koiev            2         1            4
Shishkov, Vasil                  2  [1+1]               2
Damev, Boris Velijanov           1  [0+1]  3  [2+1]     7    672 Jato 
Yordanov, Nikolai                1         2            4    672 Jato
Grigorov, Mihail                 1         2  [1+1]     5    672 Jato             7.
Uzunov, Mihail                   1  [0+1]  2            1    672 Jato 
Stoyanov, Kiril                  1  [0+1]  2            3
Zagorski, Tzviatko Markov        1         1            5    3/6 Orlyak
Tonchev, Evgeni G.               1         1            5    682 Jato
Nachev, Nikola                   1         1            1    1/6 Orlyak
Dakov, Dako                      1  [0+1]  1            3
Kralichev, Nikola Christov       1  [0+1]  1            1    3/6 Orlyak
Terziev, Veselin                 1                      3
Spisarevski, Dimitar             1                      3    3/6 Orlyak           by ramming
Rozev, Todor Nikolov             1                      3
Pavlov, Victor                   1                      1
Marinopolski, Stefan             1                      3                         8.
Krastev, Hristo                  1                      3    682 Jato
Ivanov, Ivan                     1                      3
Iliev, Bogdan                    1                      1
Hristov, Toshko                  1                      ?
Gochev, Georgi                   1                      3
Dimitrov, Zemen                  1                      3                         9.
Batchvarov, Dimitar              1                      3
Balgaranov, Emil                 1                      3
Atanasov, Viktor                 1                      3
Atanasov, Georgi                 1                      1    1/6 Orlyak           10.
Takov, Nikola                    1  [0+1]               1
Somov, Dimitar                   1  [0+1]               1
Petkov, Yoto                     1  [0+1]               1
Iliev, Stefan                    1  [0+1]               1


Kovachev, Asen                   0         4            4    2/6 Orlyak
Petkovski, Alexander Alexandrov  0         4  [3+1]     7    3/6 Orlyak
Alexandrov, Vladimir             0         3            4
Stoitzev, Emil                   0         3  [2+1]     3
Kondakov, Luben Zahariev         0         2            4
Konzov, Stefan                   0         2            1    672 Jato
Boshnakov, Nikola                0         2            4 
Sotirov, Dimitar                 0         2  [1+1]     1                         11.
Valchev, Nikola                  0         1            2
Stayanov, Nayden                 0         1            0
Stanuchev, Stanuch               0         1            0
Petrov, Hristo                   0         1            2
Mateev, Atanas                   0         1            0
Manolev, Petar                   0         1            2
Kraevski, Paniu                  0         1            0
Kolev, Nikola                    0         1            2
Kjumjurdziev, Georgi Raitzev     0         1            2                         12.
Iliev, Kiril                     0         1            0
Georgiev, Georgi                 0         1            0
Banov, Mihail Koitzev            0         1            0    3/6 Orlyak
Stefanov, Ivan                   0         1  [0+1]     1
Planinski, Zahari                0         1  [0+1]     1
Petrov, Marin                    0         1  [0+1]     1    612 Jato
Gruev, Tzvetan                   0         1  [0+1]     1
Gigov, Asen                      0         1  [0+1]     1


Common 3/6th orlyak              0         1            2

The Bulgarian Air Force (Vozdushni Voiski) used a point based system as follows:

  • for the destruction of a 4-engine bomber and for the shooting-down of a flying alone, not damaged before 4-engine bomber - 3 victories/points;
  • for the damaging of a 4-engine bomber - 2 victories/points;
  • for the destruction of a 2-engine bomber and for the shooting-down of a flying alone, not damaged before 2-engine bomber - 2 victories/points;
  • for the damaging of a 2-engine bomber - 2 victories/points;
  • for the shooting down of an already damaged multi-engine bomber and for the shooting-down of a fighter - 1 victory/point;
  • or the damaging of a fighter - 0 victories/points.
Comments:
  1. Poruchyk Stoyan Iliev Stoyanov is sometimes credited with 4 individual destroyed, 1 shared destroyed and 4 damaged for 15 points (Saintes, Philippe: Stoyan Stoyanov, "le Comte du Bf 109", in Avions, No. 124, Juillet 2003) or 4 individual destroyed, 2 shared destroyed and 3 damaged for 15 points (Semerdjev, Stefan: Nejlepší bulharský stíhač Lieutenant Stojanov, in Historie a plastikové modelářství, No. 7, 1998, Semerdjev, Stefan: Bulharské eso es, in Historie a plastikové modelářství, No. 5, 2002).
  2. Podporuchyk Petar Angelov Bochev is sometimes credited with 3 individual destroyed, 2 shared destroyed and 2 damaged for 13 points (Magnus, Allan: c.d.).
  3. Poruchyk Nedelcho D. Bonchev is sometimes credited with 2 individual destroyed, 1 damaged for 8 points (Magnus, Allan: c.d.). One victory achieved by ramming.
  4. Podporuchyk Ivan Nenov Bonev is sometimes credited with 3 individual destroyed and 2 damaged for 9 points (Magnus, Allan: c.d.).
  5. Kapitan Krastio A. Atanasov is sometimes credited with 1 individual destroyed, 1 shared destroyed and 2 damaged for 5 points (Magnus, Allan: c.d.).
  6. Podporuchyk Hristo Vasiliev Kostakiev is sometimes credited with 2 individual destroyed for 6 points (Magnus, Allan: c.d.).
  7. ? Mihail Grigorov Georgiev.
  8. Some sources present that Podporuchyk Stefan Marinopolski achieved 8 victories/points (Skulski, Przemyslaw: Asy przestworzy 1939-1945, ACE Publication, Wroclaw, Poland, 1995, Polák, Tomáš: Orli z Rodop, in Plastic Kits Revue, No. 11, 1992).
  9. ? Zemen Dimitrov Ivanov.
  10. Some sources present that Podofficer Georgi Atanasov achieved 8 victories/points (Skulski, Przemyslaw: c.d.).
  11. A pair of fighters Kapitan Krustio Atanasov Podporuchyk Dimitar Sotirov attacked one 4-engine bomber at 30.03.1944. This must be the attack with the Avia B-135 - but most other sources say, that the wingman of Atanasov was Yordan Ferdinandov, which shoot down one 4-engine bomber (Polák, Tomáš: c.d.).
  12. According to official Bulgarian sources Podporuchyk Georgi Kjumjurdziev damaged one 4-engine bomber. In fact he surely shot down one fighter P-38 Lightning. Landed at a village near Pernik. Some sources present that G. Kjumjurdziev achieved one confirmed victory and one damaged (Polák, Tomáš: c.d.).

Stoyan Stoyanov
Poruchyk Stoyan Iliev Stoyanov.

Dewoitine D.520
Dewoitine D.520, serial 12, 652 Jato, pilot poruchik Stefan Marinopolski, Karlovo, October 1943.

Dewoitine D.520
Dewoitine D.520, serial 14, Royal Bulgarian Air Force.

Dewoitine D.520
Dewoitine D.520, serial 14 (7256), 6th Iztrebitelen Polk, Karlovo, beginning of the 1943.

Bf 109 E
Bf 109 E-7 "white 4" flown by Stoyan Stoyanov in 1943.

Bf 109 G
Bf 109G-2, serial: 28 (20/7057), 682 Jato, 3/6 Orljak, pilot Lt.Stoyan Stoyanov, Sqn CO. Karlovo, Bulgaria, early 1943.

Bf 109 G
Bf 109 G-6/R-3 of Bulgarian 6th Fighter Squadron flown by Lt. Stoyan Stoyanov, Wrazhdebna airfield, spring 1944.

Bf 109 G
Bf 109G-6 'Helga', serial 6, 2/6 Orljak, the plane of poruchik Stefan Marinopolski, Wrasdebna airfield.


PDF The Air Combats And The Victories of the Bulgarian Fighters PDF
(According to the Order by the Commander of the AF)

This informations provided from Teodor Muchovski from Sofia,Bulgaria
http://members.aol.com/bogdanovaslava/BulgarianPlanes.html

Sources & Literature
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