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Middle East Conflicts

Egyptian Air Force
القوات الجوية المصرية‎ / Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä al-Miṣrīyä

Syrian Air Force
القوّات الجوية العربية السورية‎ / Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al Arabiya as-Souriya

NAME                                 VICTORIES          COMMENTS


  • North Korea sent 25 pilots to Syria during the 3rd Arab-Israeli war of 1966, and 30 pilots to Egypt and Syria during the 4th Arab-Israeli war of 1973. In 1976, North Korea sent more than 40 pilots to Syria.
  • A contingent of North Korean pilots was sent to Syria and Egypt during the Yom Kippur in 1973 and flew MiG-21s. They allegedly shot down some F-4 Phantoms and Mirage IIIs and lost up to 20 pilots. They flew the last aerial combat on 6 December 1973 when they fought with 2 Phantoms. Israelis claim one MiG-21 shot down. The second MiG was accidentally shot down by Egyptian air defence.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F-13, Egyptian Air Force.

Sources & Literature
  1. Aloni, Shlomo: Israeli F-4 Phantom II Aces, Aircraft of the Aces 60, Osprey Publishing, 2004.
  2. Cheatham, Thomas: North Korean Pilots Fly For Egyptian Air Force, in St. Petersburg Times, Thursday, August 16, 1973.
  3. Han Ho Suk: North Korea's war strategy of massive retaliations against US attacks, Part V,,
  4. Морозов, Вячеслав – Антаков, Вадим – Котлобовский, Александр В.: Громкие эпизоды тихой войны, Стать о применении Авиация в противостоянии на Корейском полуострове (1953-2004 гг.), Авиация и Время, № 1, 2005.


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