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FPSOLKOR
02-15-2007, 10:14 AM
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/valyaev/valyaev.htm

Try this if you missed it:
Tikhomirov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/tikhomirov/tikhomirov.htm

Avanesov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/avanesov/avanesov.htm

Zvyagin:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/zyvagin/zyvagin.htm

Pomorov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/pomorov/pomorov.htm

Kardopoltsev:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/kardopoltsev/kardopoltsev.htm

joeap
02-15-2007, 10:39 AM
Thank you again!!! I love the little details about their lives before the war and family background too. Plus the "hidden" fuel depot!!

Blutarski2004
02-15-2007, 10:44 AM
Originally posted by FPSOLKOR:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/valyaev/valyaev.htm


..... Thanks again for another good piece of work. As interesting as the war experiences are, these interviews also open a window for me to see how normal people and families lived their lives in the pre-war USSR.


Salute to you for your good work.

FPSOLKOR
02-15-2007, 11:03 AM
Originally posted by Blutarski2004:


..... Thanks again for another good piece of work. As interesting as the war experiences are, these interviews also open a window for me to see how normal people and families lived their lives in the pre-war USSR.


Salute to you for your good work.

Doing my best... I decided that part with pre-war life would be necessary to break some myths about USSR and peoples lifestyle at the time... Where it is possible I also provide some post-war details...

crazyivan1970
02-15-2007, 11:13 AM
Thanks mate, good read as always.

Haigotron
02-15-2007, 12:07 PM
Awesome! I love these interviews! Keep em coming I am a big fan!

Here's my fave quote:


Why this river ends? And where water goes into this lake from? We should strafe it

That's how I should approach every problem in life

SithSpeeder
02-15-2007, 06:48 PM
Wonderful stuff. Thanks for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

* _54th_Speeder *

Waldo.Pepper
02-15-2007, 08:55 PM
A great service FPSOLKOR.
My favourite is the comments of his wingman.

Marcel_Albert
02-15-2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks a lot FPSOLKOR , it's kind of you to share it here and very interesting, cheers ! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

rnzoli
02-16-2007, 09:44 AM
... and well done again. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif I noticed that you probably do pretty deep research before your interviews, and you make pointed questions into several areas that should not be left without answers, but you also know when to stop or continue asking about an issue.

FPSOLKOR
02-16-2007, 11:47 AM
Originally posted by rnzoli:
... and well done again. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif I noticed that you probably do pretty deep research before your interviews, and you make pointed questions into several areas that should not be left without answers, but you also know when to stop or continue asking about an issue.
Hm? I do know a lot about GPW aviation, and I do know quite a lot of people who know even more, and who would like to share their knowlege with everybody interested. For example Mikhail Bykov is an expert on kill tolls, who spent a lot of time in TsAMO, Vlad Antipov is an expert on 3-d IAK and Andrey Dykov is best at VVS BF. Besides of that, what you see is about one sixth part of an interview in origin... Take a note, how long it takes to prepare it for readers....

rnzoli
02-16-2007, 02:02 PM
How many future interviews are in your plans right now?
Also a practical question: do you record the interviews on tape recorder?

FPSOLKOR
02-16-2007, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by rnzoli:
How many future interviews are in your plans right now?
Also a practical question: do you record the interviews on tape recorder?
I have them on digital recorder. At this given moment I have 11 interviews waiting for the chance to be transferred into text and later be reworked for publishing... No time, as usual...

crazyivan1970
02-16-2007, 03:27 PM
If you need help, let me know mate.

SeaFireLIV
06-28-2007, 06:07 PM
Great stuff. sorry I`ve been missing it. Interesting to see that the roll was so violent he lost conscousness.

Enforcer572005
06-28-2007, 08:29 PM
THese are great, always. Thanx. I save all of them.

FPSOLKOR
06-28-2007, 09:23 PM
Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
Great stuff. sorry I`ve been missing it. Interesting to see that the roll was so violent he lost conscousness.
Separate flap extention was quite common cause of lost control, especially in Il-2 units. In fact it was so common that in some regiments pilots were forbidden to use them at all.

DmdSeeker
06-29-2007, 01:50 AM
Thanks!

polak5
06-29-2007, 03:25 AM
thannk you sir! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ElSjonnie
06-29-2007, 03:32 AM
Nice interview, thanks for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

FPSOLKOR
06-29-2007, 03:57 AM
Мау be mods could make a sticky thread for Interviews, so that anybody could post the links and they won't go down?

polak5
06-29-2007, 03:59 AM
Originally posted by FPSOLKOR:
Мау be mods could make a sticky thread for Interviews, so that anybody could post the links and they won't go down?

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif
plZ!!!!!!!!!!

Xiolablu3
06-29-2007, 04:39 AM
THANKYOU!!

Excellent job FPSOLKOR!

bazzaah2
06-29-2007, 04:48 AM
Thanks, really interesting.

tigertalon
06-29-2007, 05:02 AM
Thank you yet again FPSOLKOR, great job! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The stories about that fuel depot and how he met the wars end are priceles! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Worf101
06-29-2007, 06:18 AM
Thanks, nice interview. It's times like these that I remember that the "free world" owes the Russian People a debt we can never repay. Thanks again...

Da Worfster

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-29-2007, 07:33 AM
Great stuff as always. An entertaining and educational read.

S!



TB

Deadmeat313
06-29-2007, 08:01 AM
Excellent stuff! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif



T.

FPSOLKOR
06-29-2007, 08:19 AM
Strange how many people never saw the interview... And most interesting that it's half a year old...

Try this if you missed it:
Tikhomirov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/tikhomirov/tikhomirov.htm

Avanesov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/avanesov/avanesov.htm

Zvyagin:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/zyvagin/zyvagin.htm

Pomorov:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/pomorov/pomorov.htm

Kardopoltsev:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/kardopoltsev/kardopoltsev.htm

Urufu_Shinjiro
06-29-2007, 04:10 PM
Another vote for sticky! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

FPSOLKOR
07-02-2007, 10:12 AM
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/kybarev/kybarev.htm

Another interview

FPSOLKOR
07-08-2007, 11:37 PM
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/yevdokimov/index.htm
HSU Evdokimov

P.S. Your comments are still welcome and valuable...

rnzoli
07-11-2007, 10:18 AM
O.K., K.Ch.: Were you disappointed that you became a navigator rather than a pilot?
G.Ye.: Of course not. It's true that "pilot" has a good ring to it. But as far as the duties are concerned, in bombers the principal load falls on the navigator. We used to say, <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"The pilot is a taxi driver who drives the navigator to work." </span>The pilot flies the aircraft, but without the navigator, he can do nothing as a bomber pilot.
Nice read! And very long! I wonder how long time this intervew took! Must have been at least 2-3 hours, if not more.

FPSOLKOR
07-11-2007, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by rnzoli:
I wonder how long time this intervew took! Must have been at least 2-3 hours, if not more.

4 days 3 hours each...

rnzoli
07-12-2007, 02:03 PM
Good grief...! And I bet you can't even rush this, each interview section has to go at it's own pace, which suits the veterans remembering these old days....

I also liked this one:


The techs' work was excellent. I would build a monument for them. There was a saying: Heroes would get a monument placed in their motherland, but there should be a monument for his mechanics, right next to his...

But this was really sad to read:


My friends, let's meet at some other time I'm getting tired. Besides, it's rather difficult to remember these things, although it is really pleasant that someone is still interested...

We stopped our discussions with HSU, General-Colonel Vasilii Nicolaevich Kubarev, and we never had a chance to continue our interview on 17 November 2006 Vasilii Nikolaevich died after a long and harsh disease.

This interview was literally interrupted by his illness and eventual death. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Whatever interesting he could have said in later interview sections went to the grave with him and we will never ever know. May he and his memories rest in peace. Salute!

I_KG100_Prien
07-12-2007, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by rnzoli:
Good grief...! And I bet you can't even rush this, each interview section has to go at it's own pace, which suits the veterans remembering these old days....

I also liked this one:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The techs' work was excellent. I would build a monument for them. There was a saying: Heroes would get a monument placed in their motherland, but there should be a monument for his mechanics, right next to his...

But this was really sad to read:


My friends, let's meet at some other time I'm getting tired. Besides, it's rather difficult to remember these things, although it is really pleasant that someone is still interested...

We stopped our discussions with HSU, General-Colonel Vasilii Nicolaevich Kubarev, and we never had a chance to continue our interview on 17 November 2006 Vasilii Nikolaevich died after a long and harsh disease.

This interview was literally interrupted by his illness and eventual death. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Whatever interesting he could have said in later interview sections went to the grave with him and we will never ever know. May he and his memories rest in peace. Salute! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

These are great interviews. It's too bad that for every story told from that era, there are so many more that will never be told. Be it because some don't want to talk about it, or are never asked.

I always say thank you to every WW2 veteran I meet, which is sadly less and less every year.

IDF_Raam
08-12-2007, 02:51 PM
For those who are interested, we have made an interview with a YAK-9 pilot who resides in Israel now.
The three parts of the interview are at the forum part of www.idfsquadron.net (http://www.idfsquadron.net). Pictures included.

FPSOLKOR
08-12-2007, 03:10 PM
Can we have a direct link? plz?

rnzoli
08-15-2007, 09:18 AM
I think Raam means their interview with Boris Alterman:

Part 1 (http://www.idfsquadron.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1150026612)

Part 2 (http://www.idfsquadron.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1153145484)

Part 3 (http://www.idfsquadron.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1154611120)


At the beginning of the session we showed Boris the sim (FB 4.06). Without too much explanation, we asked him to give it a try. The set we used was X52 joystick and throttle (no pedals).
The next 5 minutes were extremely moving and exciting, something that all who were present will never forget - Boris alterman, an 83 years old man, using a cane, transformed in seconds into a sharp professional pilot, looking and moving as a much younger man.

IDF_Raam
08-21-2007, 08:20 AM
http://www.idfsquadron.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?board=general

FPSOLKOR
08-21-2007, 11:48 AM
Ok, good one, although too game-directed. Nice set of photo's too. I would suggest you to try to post this interview at Massimo Tessitori's site
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/index.html

IDF_Raam
08-22-2007, 11:30 AM
Thanks, I will mail them and make the interview available for them.

larschance
09-03-2007, 10:27 AM
Last week I bought and read Barbarossa and the Retreat to Moscow by Artem Drabkin published by Pen and Sword. I assume this comes from your stock of interviews and is a fascinating insight into what it was like to fly and fight in the VVS. Thank you for recording what would have been lost history in this important period.

FPSOLKOR
09-04-2007, 03:50 AM
Artyom lives in Moscow and takes interviews there. He also owns a site with memo's. I live in St-Petersburg and do the same thing independently. I do publish my interviews at his site, but we are planning an independent book in english in a couple of years...

FPSOLKOR
10-23-2007, 01:43 AM
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/avanesov/index.htm
Interview with Avanesov reworked.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
10-23-2007, 11:01 AM
Thank you very much for sharing. Interesting, educational and often thought provoking. Great thread.

FPSOLKOR
11-05-2007, 03:22 PM
Interview with Kulakov
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/kulakov/index.htm
Hawks, Cobras, Spits...

JtD
11-06-2007, 02:02 AM
Very interesting again! Thanks.

Kurfurst__
11-06-2007, 03:17 AM
Great job as always FPSOLKOR, please keep it up, these interviews are fascinating! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DmdSeeker
11-06-2007, 11:59 AM
Very interesting, thanks.

FPSOLKOR
11-06-2007, 02:51 PM
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/rumyantsev/rumyantsev.htm

Interview with Il-2 Gunner

alert_1
11-07-2007, 03:43 AM
"A Yak-7 tried to get behind me, but I never let anybody at my tail. The Kittyhawk had a tighter turn, so I easily outmaneuvered him and positioned myself behind him. "
Learning every day something new, amybe I'm playing Il2 too much

rnzoli
11-08-2007, 10:49 AM
Again, I enjoyed these 2 interviews immensely http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Teasers:

Kulakov:

The most desirable mission was to intercept bombers. This was especially ideal when they did not have any escort fighters.


Rumyantsev:

we were completely fed up with promises of "second front". There was even a widespread joke:
Churchill came to Russian front line and asks Soviet soldier:
- If you would be lucky and captured Hitler, what would you do?
- I would take a metal rod, heat it up to red hot condition and stick it up his *** by the cold side.
- Why by cold?
- So that you, Mr. Churchill, won't take it out!

FPSOLKOR
11-08-2007, 11:17 AM
Second one was Rumyantsev, not Kubarev... I had a hard time thinking weather to include this particular part or not, but eventually i did. It shows true feelings among allies during that war... And keeps me wondering how they did not end up in actual war after 1945...

rnzoli
11-09-2007, 05:38 PM
Ooops, I must have looked into the wrong browser window somehow.

I think it was good you kept that comment in, because one of the value of these interviews to get the "feeling". Sure, a lot of things can be debated, but feelings can't http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Maybe WW III didn't break out immediately after the 2nd, because soldiers, civilians were just too tired to continue. There was a need to take a break, and the huge losses in WW II were remembered too well.

FPSOLKOR
11-11-2007, 03:17 PM
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/kukin/kukin.htm

Interview with I-16 and MiG-3 pilot. Fought for first 5 month.

DKoor
11-11-2007, 03:45 PM
I just read it.... interesting story and a very lucky man IMHO.

FPSOLKOR
11-11-2007, 04:10 PM
I just read it.... interesting story and a very lucky man IMHO.
Hmmm... Why you came to the conclusion about luck, if I may ask? Living for over 60 years as a crippled and having no more than 1-2 hours of sleep a day does not seem to be very lucky to me. In our late discussion he said that he wished he had died of wounds after he was shot down the second time, rather then suffer from pain for so long...

FPSOLKOR
11-12-2007, 01:56 AM
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/lisikova/index.htm
Comments welcome as usual

DKoor
11-12-2007, 02:34 AM
Originally posted by FPSOLKOR:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I just read it.... interesting story and a very lucky man IMHO.
Hmmm... Why you came to the conclusion about luck, if I may ask? Living for over 60 years as a crippled and having no more than 1-2 hours of sleep a day does not seem to be very lucky to me. In our late discussion he said that he wished he had died of wounds after he was shot down the second time, rather then suffer from pain for so long... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>He survived... I am sure that his relatives and wife would rather see him alive and in pain than dead.
Bad alternatives really.

FPSOLKOR
11-12-2007, 02:51 AM
Originally posted by DKoor:
He survived... I am sure that his relatives and wife would rather see him alive and in pain than dead.
Bad alternatives really.
The main problem for modern people is that we take into account what our near-by people wish, and less what individual wants... In this case I have no idea, who is right, and from my point of view I'm the only lucky one in this situation - I had a chance to make this interview.

K_Freddie
11-12-2007, 02:12 PM
This is lovely stuff - many thanks FPSOLKOR http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

PBNA-Boosher
11-12-2007, 09:19 PM
Thanks FPSOLKOR, I've read another of Lisikova's interviews in A Dance With Death, and absolutely love her story.

FPSOLKOR
11-13-2007, 03:42 PM
BTW, did you notice the overclaim level? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif
7 PS-84 claimed against 1 shot down and 1 damaged! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

FPSOLKOR
12-27-2007, 12:00 AM
One interview upgraded:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/tikhomirov/tikhomirov.htm
One interview added:
http://mig3.sovietwarplanes.com/pilots/archangelskii/archangelskii.htm

discovery_il_2
01-07-2008, 04:27 PM
dude you must publish this i for one will buy it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

FPSOLKOR
01-07-2008, 05:49 PM
We are working on it. One book was recently suggested to publisher in US, but no replies yet...

FPSOLKOR
02-06-2008, 11:34 PM
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/ovsyannikov/index.htm
Interview with Cobra pilot

FPSOLKOR
02-08-2008, 10:17 AM
Ovsyannikov Pt.2. Korea
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/ovsyannikov/part2.htm
It would be nice to have this thread sticked on top, maybe even of OT forum...

rnzoli
02-08-2008, 11:48 AM
Wonderful. Both parts. The poem at the end of part 2 is really touching.



[..]
Now both the MiGs and I have grown old,
Missile-laden systems have come to replace us.
Its metal has become brittle and my eyes have grown weak...
But just the same, I'd love to go back to the old days one more time.

cmirko
02-10-2008, 04:23 AM
great stuff - thank you FPSOLKOR....