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Posted by tomcervo on August 6, 2019, 6:18:07, in reply to "Re: Rabaul
Christopher Shores studied this for a long time. He finally came to a general theory that overclaiming is always proportional to the number of planes in the fight. The fewer the planes, the more accurate the assessments; as the numbers go up, so does the overclaiming.
The only outliers are genuinely gifted pilots like George Buerling, who could recount their fights in exact detail, and the cads who claimed everything they could.
The fights over Rabaul were bar-room brawls, and overclaiming was inevitable.
All the air forces over-claimed by a lot. the pilots, for the most part I believe, weren't lying but reported what they thought they saw. Naturally most claims were accepted because it was good for morale.
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