Photo: Australian War Memorial collection
Since we mentioned the Iranian drones
let’s recall an incident briefly mentioned
in the previous part. Details about the
case which occurred on Saturday October 12 near the city of Vinnytsya when the
Ukrainian AF lost a Mig-29 surfaced only
recently. The fighter was hit by a debris
from Shahed-136 drone just shot down
and the pilot had to eject. A month later
the photograph of the pilot with blood on
his face was published and a little later his
whole story. At that time there was another wave of the Russian rockets and drones headed towards the Ukrainian cities.
The defenders dispatched Mig-29 fighters
against them. One of them was flown by
Major Vadym Vorochylov from 204th Brigade of the Tactical Aviation. His call sign
was Karaya. Those of you who are familiar
with the name Erich Hartmann do not need
further explanation on the call sign. Voroshylov had chosen it in 2014. The Ukrainian
citizens however gave him the nickname
Ghost of Vinnytsya. Contrary to Ghost of
Kiev this is a real person.
He treated his airplane as a living thing.
Talked to it and touched it so as it worked
as best as possible. His favorite was the
aircraft with bort number 10 which he flew
on about 20 combat missions and always
could rely on it. On that fateful day Voroshylov woke up at 4 am due to the air sc-
ramble. The pilot from his unit destroyed
two Shahed in the south of Ukraine of the
first mission. Voroshylov flew the next mission. He shot down three Iranian drones
and returned to the base without any problems.
At dusk however another wave of raids
came in. Major Voroshylov took off from
the frontline airfield in the south of Ukraine
and headed towards Vinnytsya area. He
started to scan for targets and first he destroyed a drone. Then he launched a missile against another one. The drones generate rather weak thermal trace therefore
they had been attacked at relatively short
distance. So, when Voroshylov hit his fifth
drone on that day its debris hit his Mig-29
fighter as well. “It broke my windshield
and destroyed the aircraft nose” said the
pilot later. “I was not seriously wounded but the blood from my facial cuts got
into my eyes and impaired my situational
awareness. My first though was that I did
not want to eject. I saw the lights of some
ber 11 Iranian Secretary of State admitted
the drones deliveries with the caveat they
had been done a longer time before the
outbreak of the war and the quantity was
small. According to the Ukrainians it is
another lie since the large-scale deployment of the Iranian drones in Ukraine was
confirmed by many photographs, wrecks
of the shot down aircraft even captured,
almost intact crashed UALs.
The Australian soldiers in shop up forest near Passchendaele, 1917.
This pilot shot down 5 drones in a day. He should
also be credited with two cruise missiles.
Shot up trees near Bachmut, 2022.
Vadym Voroshylov in the Mig-29 cockpit.