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Old 5 January 2002, 05:44 AM   #1
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I have recently been reading Winged Victory again which, although fiction, I rate very highly. On page 142 Yeates writes that a group of 4 Fokkers after shooting down a Camel, would each be credited with a kill, whilst the British in a similar situation would credit the kill to one pilot or split it up into fractions between the pilots engaged in the combat. He later tots up his score 'including fractions'.
As I understand it, the reverse was in fact the case ie. the Germans allocated a kill to just one pilot whilst the British treated all the pilots in a fight with a victory.
I find it puzzling that Yeates should ostensibly get these facts wrong, after all he was there, and I wonder if in 1918 different squadrons had different methods of calculating a pilots score and it was only standardised after the war ended.
Can anyone throw any light on this or did Yeates get it completely wrong?
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Old 5 January 2002, 06:06 AM   #2
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Hello Fred!

Here you will find some information:

http://www.theaerodrome.com/contrib/vs.html

Hope this helps!
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Old 5 January 2002, 06:11 AM   #3
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And here is another one:

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BTW, can anybody explain me how to mark two sites and put them together in ONE answer (otherwise it looks a bit like score-hunting)?

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BTW, can anybody explain me how to mark two sites and put them together in ONE answer (otherwise it looks a bit like score-hunting)?
Use two open web browsers, keep one on "Post reply" here at the Aerodrome, and use the other to browse around and cut links from.
 
Old 5 January 2002, 11:41 AM   #5
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In past it has been stated that shared victories in the war under review were credited to one pilot only - generally the newest and most inexperienced, to give him a little confidence.

Research shows this not to have been the case in the majority of such situations; in the vast majority of cases shared victories involving two or more pilots were credited to each pilot as a whole individual victory, but obviously as one addition only to the squadron’s overall score.

In some squadrons, victories shared by several pilots were awarded as ‘Flight’ victories or ‘Patrol’ victories without mentioning pilots’ names, whilst in others (particularly RNAS units) the victory was split between all pilots involved. There was clearly no policy in this respect in force.

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