Every day we learn more! The question is, why we did not know about it before? So-called – “incident!”
It reminds me of Russian planes shot by Turkish F-16s and Syrian air defense provoked by Israeli F-16s. Or about the story in the book of Jeffry Archer, “The Fourth Estate.” Recommend this fantastic book!
Namely, Keith Townsend is buying his first newspaper, and to do that, he needed an ally. He found it in the person of his school friend, who was vice president of the newspaper editor and owner. Keith says that as they are friends, he will let him keep his position if he says some good words to the old owner of the newspaper who wanted to sell his business not only for money but requested that the buyer is of good character. Keith’s friend accepted the offer and was one of the personalities who propagated the name of Keith to the old owner. All went great, and Keith got his first acquisition. After some months, and when the deadline finished and Keith became the newspaper’s sole owner, he went inside the building a minute after midnight. He called a locksmith ordering him to change his friend’s, the vice president, office door lock. When he came to work in the morning and could not open his office door, he ran to Keith’s office and asked what had happened. Keith announced that he was fired! His friend reminded him about his promises, and Keith calmly and firmly replied- “Sorry, I lied!”
At least there were no dead.
But at the ” incident” of 7/11/1944, there were dead.
Namely, that day Soviet forces had already advanced deeply into Serbia. They particularly liberated the city of Nis on October 14. On November 7, 1944, an American P-38 Lightning fighter-bombers flight spotted a long column of military vehicles leaving the town of Nis in the direction of Aleksinac(the place which, surprisingly, was bombed again in 1999 by brave NATO forces) and further towards Belgrade. “Believing” the military vehicles to be Germans retreating from the Soviets, the Americans attacked, strafing and bombing. However, the vehicles were Soviets advancing, not Germans in retreat. They suffered heavy casualties, including Soviet Corps Commander Lieutenant General Grigory Kotov. Another confirmation of why Russian forces are so determined and compact! Their Generals are saying- Follow me! The others from brave countries are ordering the troops from lovely armchairs and sofas… Believing that the attacking Americans were Germans flying Focke-Wulfe FW-189s, like the Lightning, a twin-tailed aircraft, the Soviets called for air support as they had parts of IX Aviation Corps advancing with them.
Yak-3 fighters responded while more of Yak-9s approached. An air battle swirled over the town of Nis, gradually drifting westward, between the Americans and Soviets. Serbian partisans from the 13th Corps and 2nd Proletarian Division who observed the dogfight wrote that they saw 7 US Lightnings and 3 Russian Yaks shot down in the battle. American sources claim conflicting totals, partly because the USAAF immediately took steps to keep the incident secret.
Stalin, who was furious, received a personal apology from Franklin Roosevelt, delivered to him by Averill Harriman. George Marshall, Chief of Staff for the United States, also apologized. Sorry, we made a mistake! Rings the bell? Officially the Soviets acknowledged 68 casualties and the loss of three aircraft. American casualties remain disputed.
However, there is a story that Americans got the wrong coordinates. The question is – WHO PROVIDED WRONG COORDINATES?
You have the right to reply to yourself only once as the name or names of those involved on the ground will not be revealed yet.
The instructions were “BURN AFTER READING!”
Could sharpen your curiosity!
Darko Richard Lancelot
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