Air battle over Merklín
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|Air battle over Merklín|
|Part of Cold War|
USAF Republic F-84E and MiG-15
|Commanders and leaders|
|Jaroslav Šrámek||Lt. Warren G. Brown|
|2 MiG-15||2 F-84 Thunderjet|
|Casualties and losses|
1 F-84 shot down|
The Air battle over Merklín was an air-to-air engagement between Czechoslovak and USAFE air units over the Czech village of Merklín, in the Bohemian Forest, on 10 March 1953. During the action Czech pilot Jaroslav Šrámek, flying a MiG-15, shot down one of a pair of American F-84E Thunderjets (from 53rd Fighter Bomber Squadron, 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing). The American pilot, Lt. Warren G.Brown ejected from the aircraft, which crash-landed in German territory, approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the border, and survived.
It was reported in the London Times that the attack on the American aircraft was ten miles from the border near the town of Falkenstein, Bavaria. The aircraft crashed near Regensburg, Bavaria and the burnt out wreckage of the F-84 was recovered by American soldiers. The attack followed reports of other Czechoslovak aircraft over Bavarian territory. Brown, the pilot of the F-84, reported they were on a routine patrol along the border when they spotted two aircraft appear from the East, he was fired upon and bailed out after losing control.
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