The topic of casualties in any war is extremely scrupulous and controversial. However, it is precisely the contradictions in the estimates that make it possible to get a more or less complete picture of this. Many years have passed since the war of the NATO bloc against Yugoslavia. A huge military machine fell on Yugoslavia, the entire population of which was less than the number of inhabitants in New York alone. The operation codenamed "Allied Force" was doomed to success. In this article I would like to at least briefly answer the question: was the victory really bloodless for Americans and other coalition members?
According to official reports from representatives of the NATO military command, the operation against Yugoslavia was bloodless: Yugoslav air defense in the 78 days of air raids managed to shoot down only a few planes - in short, a complete triumph. This was believed not only in the NATO countries, but also practically all over the world. And only after the end of hostilities did the scale of the allied losses and the effectiveness of the NATO forces gradually become clear. In the matter of turning their losses into "invisible", the corresponding NATO structures turned out to be much more productive than the American "invisible" "stealth" shot down by Yugoslav anti-aircraft gunners. But some of the truth still came out.
From the Yugoslav side, the data was given by the command of the Air Force, in whose subordination the air defense forces were. In addition to these, the Air Defense Forces of the Ground Forces and the Air Defense Forces of the Separate Pristta Corps, deployed in Kosovo and Metohija (directly subordinated to Belgrade), also worked. According to Yu.P. Savelyev, who had been in the theater of operations, Yugoslavs were shot down 115 manned aircraft of NATO. An additional incentive for the SFRY to hide its successes may be that part of the ejected NATO pilots from the downed planes were killed by local residents (whom they had bombed before) before they fell into the hands of the Serbian military police - and this could already be declared a "war crime" ".
Here are the data from the Yugoslav side: 61 aircraft, 7 helicopters, 30 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and 238 cruise missiles. Of course, it can be argued that this is all the propaganda of the Yugoslavs, but why, then, the data on NATO losses cited by the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian army are close to the data of the Yugoslavs? The GRU data published in a number of Russian newspapers was obtained from radio intelligence, from reconnaissance satellites and ships located in the Mediterranean Sea. Our GRU, given the official position of the political leadership of Russia, simply could not participate in the propaganda actions of the Yugoslav military. This means that these data are close to true. Similar loss figures aviation NATO is also cited by Chinese military sources.
But the most important thing is that NATO officials themselves and some Western newspapers (the control over them turned out to be not so tight) constantly talked about the real losses. For example, at the very beginning of the war, British Defense Minister Robertson acknowledged the loss of three British Tornado fighter-bombers in the skies over Yugoslavia, but in the final report of NATO losses they were "forgotten". Some independent think tanks in the West also did not share official optimism. For example, the American International Association for Strategic Studies after only the first month of hostilities (and they lasted more than two and a half months), claimed that the losses of Allied aviation were already 38 planes, 6 helicopters and 7 UAVs. These data coincide with the data of the Air Force of the SFRY for April 1999. However, at the end of the war, this association did not publish the total loss data - apparently, it did not want to discredit its reputation with the NATO “official”, and didn’t give real figures to it. There are a lot of such examples, but you can use a different approach, so to speak, the "indirect evidence methodology".
For example, NATO officially recognized the loss of 32 UAVs (even more than the figure that the Yugoslavs cited). And this is psychologically explicable. You can not hide the loss of unmanned aircraft, because it is not associated with the loss of pilots, and the equipment in the Western armies is very much. But it is the data on the losses of the UAV that make it possible to judge the rather high efficiency of the Yugoslav air defense. After all, it is even more difficult to shoot down a UAV than a manned aircraft. Despite the low speed of flight, the UAV has a small radar scattering surface, which makes it extremely difficult to use anti-aircraft missiles guided by radars, thermal radiation of the vehicles is also very small and therefore anti-aircraft missile systems with infrared guidance are also not very effective, small size reduces the possibility of damage artillery fire. So the big losses of the NATO UAVs are a sign of the effectiveness of the Yugoslav air defense. But after all, it concerns not only unmanned aircraft!
One of the arguments of NATO propaganda was that the Yugoslavs could not produce the wreckage of downed aircraft. But the Allied air force operated at an altitude of 4 - 15 km. Yugoslavia is a small country, and a wounded plane does not always fall down a stone; it can sometimes overcome a considerable distance from the place of defeat. Knocked down cars from this height could fall on the territory of neighboring, allied NATO countries, or in the Adriatic Sea. However, the remnants of several NATO aircraft Yugoslavs still demonstrated, and among them was one "invisible".
With these "stealth" of the Americans in general came out a complete embarrassment. The USAF received a whole fleet of F-117 fighters manufactured using radar stealth technology. Giant funds were spent on this. But it turned out that the Soviet radar stationed in the arsenal of the Yugoslav army quite easily detect the “invisible”. After losing three "stealth" the command of the US Air Force ordered to stop their combat use. The Yugoslavs proved that the "invisible" is suitable only for the filming of Hollywood blockbusters about the invincibility of American aircraft.
Yugoslavs have developed cheap and effective means of dealing with low-flying cruise missiles. Apart from the traditional means of air defense, the now almost completely forgotten aerostats of air barriers and the networks they raised into the air were quite successfully used against them.
At the same time, even after the end of hostilities, Western military experts recognized that the losses of the Yugoslav army were minimal. For example, in Kosovo, NATO found the remains of a large number of dummies and wooden models tanks, APCs and guns affected during air strikes. It turns out that, spending a large amount of high-precision weapons (and only to the Americans the war against Yugoslavia cost half a billion dollars a day), the NATO forces hit the wooden and inflatable dummies of military equipment, which cost Yugoslavs almost nothing. The only thing that the Americans and their satellites have succeeded in is strikes against cities, bridges, power stations, that is, the defeat of the civilian population.
Little Yugoslavia has shown the world that even the colossal war machine of NATO and the United States can be successfully confronted. And the West has shown that in matters of propaganda and psychological warfare, he worthily continues the work of Dr. Goebbels.
The only thing that is bad for the NATO participants themselves is that the same Americans have come to believe that they, since the “Storm in the Desert”, have won only light and bloodless victories. But everyone who knows the latest history, they will recall that the last indisputable military victory of the Americans was achieved by them together with their allies in the anti-Hitler coalition. Then there were either defeats (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, and many Third World hot spots), or Pyrrhic victories (Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans). But America is convinced that she only did what she won. And it seems that Americans will have to pay dearly for this illusion.
Here are some very interesting facts (from the book of P. Lytkin “Handbook of Armed Forces of the Balkan Region Countries”):
24 March 1999 in the area of Mount Chichavitsy in 20-30 shot down the plane. In the area of Tigela Mig-29 in 20-35 (pilot Nebojša Nikolić), a NATO plane was shot down (possibly F-16). The plane fell into the sea, the pilot was rescued by a French carrier-based helicopter. At the mountain Yastrebats shot down a Luftwaffe "Tornado". Crew matched rescue helicopter (SFOR). In the area of Lazarevac, the fighter Slobodan Peric attacked a NATO plane (possibly F-16). The fate of the attacked car is unknown. Kosovo in 21-30 shot down the "Tornado" of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. The crew landed in the area controlled by the OAK militants and evacuated to Macedonia.
25 March 1999 The Greek military radio networks around 00-00 recorded two “Mayday” signals sent by NATO aircraft. After midnight, an F-15 aircraft landed at the airfield of Railovac in the vicinity of Sarajevo. The car smoked heavily. In the area of Fruschki Gora in 23-00, F / A-18 “Hornet” was hit, falling into 11 km south of Ruma. Around midnight, a NATO plane was shot down in the area between Pristina and Poduyevo.
26 March 1999 in the region of Doña Trnova, 15 km south-west of Bielena (Republika Srpska), F-17 of the US Air Force fell in 20-15, the pilot died. Representatives of NATO claimed that it was the MIG-21 Air Force JNA.
27 March 1999 on Mount Mallen in 01-00 fell downed "Tornado" Luftwaffe, two pilots ejected and taken prisoner in the area of the city of Chachak (Konevichi village). In the vicinity of Pec shot down a NATO plane. In the area between Vrutak and Kremnaya, near the town of Užice, an aircraft was shot down. Between Vrutak and Kremnaya, an SFOR helicopter with 03 soldiers aboard was shot down in 20-22. The helicopter attacked the JNA infantry unit, but was hit by a MANPADS missile. All 21 people on board died. North of Sambora, a NATO plane was shot down; there is no information about its fate. The Greek military radio network recorded three “Mayday” signals. The first filed a Danish F-16, another F-15 US Air Force and the third-French "Mirage". General Jankovic stated that the Canadian F / A-15 "Hornet" was shot down near the Macedonian border on 50-18. The car fell in Macedonia. A plane was shot down near the village of Budanovtsy in 17-00. Near Budanovtsi in 20-55 shot down by a missile-launcher "Cube" F-117А. The pilot, captain Ken "Wiz" Dwilly catapulted and called rescuers. At about 23-55, the SFOR rescue helicopter, carrying the rescue team and captain Dwili, was shot down by infantry units that were scouring the area in the F-117 crash, all of the NATO troops on board were killed.
28 March 1999 in the area of Uglevik Bridge in 02-50 was shot down by the US Air Force F-15, the pilot was killed, some sources claim that it was F-117А. In the area of the town of Uglevik in 03-00, a SFOR HH-60 rescue helicopter "Pave Hawk" was shot down with 12 members of the rescue team. Survived and captured only two people. In the area of Loznice shot down a NATO aircraft, the pilot ejected. In the area of Pristina in 23-50 shot down the plane. In the area of Mount Pastric, near Prizren, a NATO plane was shot down at 23-55.
29 March 1999, after midnight, near the city of Pale (Republika Srpska), shot down by F-15 (or F-16) by the USAF, fell. The pilot ejected, but was later found dead. After midnight, the UAV was shot down over the n / a Gakovo (near Sambir).
30 March 1999 near the Varpazar near 01-00 a British Harrier vertical take-off aircraft was shot down by a missile. The pilot ejected and was captured. Near Vranje in 16-30 shot down the plane. The pilot ejected. At night, the plane was shot down over Prizren, fell near the mountain Cer (mountain range Cer planina). At night, a UAV was shot down over Aleksinac.
31 March 1999, near the town of Gnilane (Kosovo), a NATO plane was shot down. Fell in Macedonia. Near the Orphan, north of the city of Novi Sad, shot down "Tornado" Luftwaffe. Two pilots taken prisoner.
1 April 1999 was shot down by a NATO plane near Mount Tara in 01-00 (the pilot apparently survived and gave a distress signal). At Mount Tara in 01-30, two CH-53 “Stallion” helicopters were shot down with 58 crews and SFOR paratroopers. All died. At the airfield of Pleso (Zagreb) near 03-00 made an emergency landing F-117.
3 on April 1999, while attacking the “Bridge of Freedom” in Novi Sad on 19-45, a NATO plane was shot down. The car fell near the village. Stara Pazova. The pilot is captivated. At night, over the city of Banja Luka, many witnesses saw a fuming strong smoke of F-16.
4 April 1999, after midnight, near Užice, the JNA air defense system knocked out H / F-A-18. The plane dropped two full outboard fuel tanks (they exploded when they fell) and touched the wing behind the power lines. It is not known whether he fell.
5 April 1999 in the afternoon in the Pancevo area between the villages of Dolovo and Batansko-Novo-Selo an aircraft was shot down. Around midnight, in the area of Frushki Hory, a NATO plane was shot down during the attack of the Crveni Kot TV tower. Claim that this is F-117A. The pilot ejected and landed near the village of Remete. Around midnight, while attacking the Zhezhel bridge in Novi Sad, the Tornado of the Luftwaffe was shot down, two pilots were captured.
6 April 1999 after midnight during the attack on the Petrovaradinsky bridge shot down the plane. The pilot ejected, landed at the plant "Victory" and was captured. After midnight, a plane was shot down over Pristina, it fell down at the mountain Cer, near Skopje. After midnight south of Fruski-Gora two NATO helicopters with a rescue team were shot down. After midnight, a plane was shot down near the village of Svinjare, near Kosovski Mitrovica. Before midnight, two search and rescue helicopters with 40 "commandos" on board were shot down at Skopska-Crna-Gora, no one escaped. At the same time, on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in Montenegro, a NATO search and rescue helicopter was shot down with 20 soldiers on board, including a rescued pilot. All died.
06.04.99 to 23: 30 district of Vozdovac, Belgrade. Air combat between Mig-21 and American F-15, American shot down.
7 April 1999, a NATO plane shot down over Pristina in the evening, fell in Macedonia. Before midnight, the American Hunter UAV was shot down over Pristina. Before midnight, near the n / n Lig (Lick) shot down the plane.
8 April 1999 after midnight, near the Nish, the "Tornado" of the Luftwaffe was shot down. Both pilots are captured. Before midnight, an aircraft was shot down near Kraljevo.
10 April 1999 in the Suva River area in 15-45 shot down an aircraft. Before midnight, a plane was shot down near Niš.
11 April 1999 in the area of Bachka-Brestovac, near the Red Lake, in 00-12 was shot down by F-16. After midnight, near the village of Kolesia, near Tuzla, the plane fell.
12 April 1999 In front of the village of Osmanovichi, near Tuzla, in the 21: the British Sea Harrier dropped 00. The pilot died. The car hit over Zrenyanin, dropped the suspension, tanks, but still fell. Before midnight, the CL-289 UAV of Germany was shot down in Kosovo.
13 April 1999, after midnight, the plane was shot down at the Batainica airbase.
After midnight, a plane was shot down at Yabuk, north of Pancevo. At the same time, a plane crashed near Gorazde. The pilot died. At the same time, a plane crashed near the village of Kadian Chesma near Tuzla. At the same time, Bela Crkva, near Vrsac, shot down the plane.
14 April 1999, in the morning in Kosovo Polje was shot down by the CL-289 UAV of the German Army. In the afternoon, the damaged F-15 fell in the Yugoslav-Romanian border area. The car dropped two fuel tanks and went into Romanian territory. There is no information about her fate. In Syrig, north of Novi Sad, in 10: 00 shot down the plane. The pilot is captured. Next to Belgrade in 10: 05 shot down the plane.
15 April 1999 at the mountain Bielashnitsa, Bosnia, in 3: the plane fell. Near the Surf downed aircraft. In Podgorica, the Bofors anti-aircraft gun, commanded by Lieutenant Zdravko Bankovic, on 00: 19 was hit by a Tornado plane. The car fell into Lake Skadorskoye. Battery Bankovic in 30: 19 shot down the Mirage-35 of the French Air Force. The car fell in the mountains of Rumi. The pilot is captured. Near Podgorica, the gunner of the Strela-2000M MANPADS Predrag Jonich in 2: 19 shot down a NATO plane. The pilot ejected and was captured near the village of Cruz. Before midnight at the Petrovac airfield (Skopje), a NATO plane badly damaged by two MANPADS crashed while landing.
16 April 1999, south of Kosovo, the gunner of MANPADS Dragan Petrovich shot down A-10. The plane crashed in Macedonia at the Debelde border post.
17 April 1999 at Miloshev Dol near Priepol in 11: 00 may have been shot down by Sea Harrier. Urosevac in 16: 30 shot down the plane. The car fell in the depths of the Macedonian territory in 4 km from the village of Tanushevtsy. At the village of Cherevich, Fruska Gora, in 22: 10 was shot down by "Tornado". The car went into the airspace of Croatia, then fell.
18 April 1999 over Pristina in 2: The 00 is shot down by a UAV. Above Mount Povlen in 3: 00 shot down "Tornado". The plane crashed near Sarajevo near the Skelani n / n (Republika Srpska). In the Pristina area of 16: 00 exploded in the air F-16. Over Pristina in 16: a NATO plane exploded. Near Prishtina in 03: The 19 plane fell on Mount Chichavitsa. Before midnight at the airfield Raylovac crashed while landing a damaged MANPADS Danish F-00. At Tuzla at midnight, the American Predator UAV fell. Around the Yalovsky Kamen n / n near Tetovo in 16: 22 was shot down by a NATO plane.
19 April 1999. Before midnight, near the village of Yagunovtsy near Tetovo, the German CL-289 UAV was shot down. At Mount Veliki Yastrebats in 23: 00 shot down a NATO plane. Before midnight, in the Veliki Yastrebats area, a search and rescue helicopter with a rescue team was shot down. In the area of Urosevac in 23: 15 shot down the plane.
20 April 1999 near the mountain Rudnik, near the village of Topola, in 2: 30 shot down the plane. At the mountain Rudnik, near the village of Chumich, in 3: an aircraft was shot down. Above Gorne Stanovice, near Vučitrn in 15: 19 is shot down by a UAV. Around midnight, two F-00 fuel tanks were found in the Biochika area, shot by shells.
21 April 1999. After midnight, a NATO plane was damaged at Fruschki Gora. Found his wreckage. Presumably, the plane went in the direction of Croatia, where it crashed.
22 April 1999 g. Around midnight near the village of Sonsha, near Apatin, shot down a US UAV. At n / p Kurshumliya in 18: 00 found the wreckage of the aircraft.
23 April 1999 near Pristina in 14: 00 damaged aircraft. The car went to Albania, where, most likely, collapsed. Near Orlan, 15 km north-west of Pristina, 15: 10 shot down a plane.
24 April 1999 near Prishtina, near the village of Bushine, a NATO plane crashed on 14: 45. Around midnight, a plane crashed near Pristina, near Lapple Village. Over Boka Kotorska shot down a UAV. Over the mountain Kukavitsa, near Leskovac, shot down the plane. The pilot is captured.
25 April 1999 was about midnight near Pristina, near the village of Lipovitsa, the plane crashed. The AN-64 Apache helicopter was shot down and captured by JNA forces in Kosovo. In the Novi Sad area, a low-flying aircraft damaged by air defense forces. The car was shrouded in smoke and went outside the Yugoslav territory.
26 April 1999 in 40 km northeast of Tirana in 22: The AN-00 helicopter fell off 64. Probably the crew survived. Most likely, the helicopter was killed during the attack at the Koshary border post.
27 April 1999 over Fruschka Gora in 1: a NATO plane was damaged by 45. He dropped bombs on the Croatian village of Executioner at Osijek. At the Petrovac airfield (Skopje) on 10: 57 a plane crashed. About Prokuplje in 17: 00 shot down a NATO plane. The pilot landed in the forest on Mount Pashacha, near Prokuplje. The wreckage of the aircraft was found in the area of Mount Pasacha In 18: 00 found the wreckage of the aircraft near Prokuplje, near Berilje. Over the mountain Zlatibor shot down the plane. The pilot ejected.
28 April 1999 near Podgorica in 14: 00 shot down the plane, the pilot ejected. Around Berane in 14: 30 shot down a plane. Around midnight, a plane was shot down near the village of Norovo, near Krushevo, Macedonia. Two pilots ejected and landed in the forest on the tops of the trees. Rescued by NATO rescue group helicopters. In the afternoon, in the area of the villages of Velika Sabatna and Gornja, the bee flying at a low altitude of NATO was damaged. The pilot dropped bombs and hanging tanks on the village of Crni Vrn.
29 April 1999, in the area of the Macedonian-Albanian border near the city of Debar, a plane crashed. Around Vodno, near Skopje, in 11: the plane crashed. Not far from Zemun, according to eyewitnesses, about 00: 1 shot down two aircraft. In 40: 11 y Samokov, in 00 km south-east of Skopje, two charred corpses of pilots were found. In the Pancevo area of 40: 16, witnesses saw the fall of two NATO planes. The information was reported on the local TV "Studio-B". One pilot, presumably, catapulted. At the village of Bystritsa, near Veles (Macedonia), according to eyewitness accounts, a NATO plane, fuming, dropped two missiles and hid behind a mountain. Soon there was an explosion.
30 April 1999, the aircraft was shot down south of Niš. In the area of the village of Gorska in 20 km south-west of Belgrade, in 23: 15, eyewitnesses saw parachutes.
1 in May 1999 over the Adriatic Sea, 40 km from the coast of the FRY, in 14: 15 shot down the plane. The pilot ejected.
2 May 1999 near the village of Nakuchani, southwest of Sabac, on 2: 05 shot down by an American F-16C. The pilot is selected by the search and rescue team. In the village of Nakuchani in 4: 00 two search and rescue helicopters with rescued pilots were shot down. Near the airfield, Petrovac made an emergency landing of an A-10. Many saw that the right wing and the engine of the aircraft were ripped up by a rocket blast. On the pylons hung rockets, creating panic among the population. The pilot was apparently injured. After 40 minutes the plane was towed to the hangar of Petrovac airfield.
3 in May 1999 in Novi Sad, during the attack of the telecentre, in 21: 45 a saomlet is damaged. Black smoke came from the fuselage. The plane fell in the immediate vicinity.
5 in May 1999 near Banja-Basta damaged a plane in 1: 30 crashed in Bosnia. In the morning in 75 km north-west of Tirana AN-64 was shot down. Pilot killed by artillery fire YUNA. NATO believes that AN-64 was hit by a MANPADS missile. Valenno in 12: 10 shot down the plane. The pilot ejected. The plane crashed into Lake Ohrid. NATO divers were looking for his wreckage.
6 May 1999 at midnight a UAV was shot down over the village of Presevo. Debris found in the area of Bujanovac - Presevo.
7 May 1999 during the attack of Serb Irishka Venats in 14: the aircraft was damaged. The car, fuming, went to Sabatsu.
11 in May 1999 near the village of Gruzha, in 15 km southeast of Kragujevac, in 11: 40 an airplane crashed onto Gledička Mountain.
12 in May 1999 near the village of Vakshinche, near Kumanovo, witnesses saw one of the four planes suddenly fall while flying at low altitude.
13 in May 1999 in the vicinity of Nova Pazov in 4: one aircraft damaged 25. At the village of Klokot, near Vitn, in 12: The French CL-00 UAV was shot down by the 289. The case is described by the television of Serbia. At Mokra Gora, near the village of Istok, north-west of Pec, the American UAV of the Boeing company was shot down.
14 in May 1999 in the vicinity of Mount Rudnik, two NATO planes were hit by air defense forces. The pilots dropped the suspension tanks and went to Bosnia. In the area of Djakovica, Yugoslav air defense A-10 was beaten by day The attack aircraft fell at the mountain Cer, not far from the Albanian border. Over Nish in 19: 00 air defense forces shot down a NATO plane. The pilot ejected and landed near the village of Brenice. The pilot is captivated. The incident was confirmed by witnesses and the police.
16 May 1999 was shot down by a CL-289 UAV over Kosovo. In the afternoon, near the village of Izvor, near Beles (Macedonia), a NATO plane was shot down. The pilot ejected and landed near the village of Chuka. The incident was confirmed by witnesses and the police.
17 May 1999 on the Pester Plateau shot down BP LA USA.
19 May 1999 near the village of Talinovtse in 17: 00 shot down an American UAV "Predator". Over Urosevavac near 19: 00 shot down a UAV. Fell into the city.
20 May 1999 near the village of Ojacha in 2: A NATO plane was shot down by 00. In 25 km south of Belgrade in 3: 00 (or in 1: 00), the Stealth bomber B-2A stealth bomber was shot down over Surchin (B-8A board number was assigned) anti-aircraft missile into the cockpit area and fell shortly thereafter. The crew (88 man) died. The incident is confirmed by many witnesses. Near 0329: 2 shot down two NATO aircraft, probably F-4, accompanying the bombers. At the village of Gradište, 3 km west of Niš, on 00: 15 was shot down by an aircraft, probably F-22. In 3: 35 shot down a NATO rescue helicopter with a rescue squad. Over the Slatina (Pristina) airfield in 16: 3 is shot down by a UAV. MiG-30 pilot Iliya Arizan shot down a NATO plane (possibly F-15) over Kosovo.
In total, by May 20 during the aggression against Yugoslavia, the NATO bloc lost 109 planes (shot down unconditionally), another 15 planes were shot down, probably 12 planes were damaged. 16 helicopters and 18 UAVs and 164 Tomahawk cruise missiles shot down (these episodes are not in this document).
Among those destroyed are one B-2 “Spirit” invisible plane, three or four F-117s (another one is damaged), 10 “Tornado”, eight F-16 (one more is damaged), five F-15 (another two damaged), three A-10 (another damaged), two Mirage-2000, five Harrier (Sea Harrier / AB-8B). From helicopters: two MH-53 "Stallion", one HH-60 "Pave Havk", three AH-64 "Apache" (another one is damaged).
Losses in personnel among pilots and rescue teams amounted to 313 people. Including 247 killed and 66 missing. To this must be added the 19 corpses of American servicemen, whom 8 of April secretly, through 424-th military hospital in Thessaloniki, sent home. The total number of dead and missing amounted to 20.05.99 g. 332 person. Captured 30 of NATO troops, including at least eight Germans, one Frenchman, one or two Englishmen. Among the downed - two Danish F-16, at least one Danish pilot was killed.
According to information received later, the following facts were established:
7 June 1999. Over Kosovo, a B-52.18 of April 1999 was shot down. A group of JNA airplanes struck a bombing attack on the Tuzla airfield (BiH), which resulted in the destruction of 17 aircraft and 3 rescue helicopters on the ground. NATO air defense forces shot down J-22 Ogao, which was involved in the raid (Colonel Mihailo V. was killed), and shot down MiG-21, piloted by Major M. Zelko, but the pilot was able to land the plane in 10 km from Ponikwe airbase. 26 April 1999. A group of four Yugoslav G-4 attack aircraft from the Golubovac airbase struck the Rinas airbase (Albania), as a result of which AN-12 helicopters were damaged and destroyed (64 destroyed, 3 was damaged). Air defense forces shot down 9 G-2, but the pilots managed to eject and escape. On the night of 4 on 11 on June 12, the American Combat Talon MS-1999 “Combat Talon” crashed during take-off under obscure circumstances with a group of British 130 SAS military personnel. All the special forces and crew members died. The plane was supposed to throw a group of SAS in Kosovo in order to perform sabotage tasks. In addition, it was found that among the downed NATO aircraft were the 40 F-5 and 4 Polish MiG-2 aircraft. The number of UAVs shot down amounted to 29 units, 30 cruise missiles. As a result of the fighting, Yugoslavia has lost 238 soldiers killed and missing. Including 576 man - JNA and 462 man - MIA. Lost 114 tanks, and 5 BMP and BTR. Air Force losses were in addition to the already named 8 MiG-4 MiG-29,1. The victims among the civilian population of Yugoslavia were more than two thousand people dead and seven thousand wounded.
Interestingly, how would the US population respond if such statistics were officially recognized?