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June 13, 1951

CIPHERED TELEGRAM, FILIPPOV (STALIN) TO SOVIET MILITARY ADVISOR IN BEIJING KRASOVSKY

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    A telegram from Stalin to Krasovsky berating him for training the Chinese pilots too slowly.
    "Ciphered telegram, Filippov (Stalin) to Soviet military advisor in Beijing Krasovsky," June 13, 1951, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, Fond 45, Opis 1, Delo 339, List 47 and AVP RF, Fond 059a, Opis 5a, Delo 5, Papka 11, List 33 http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110363
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CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 3559
BEIJING

TO KRASOVSKY

According to our information, our pilots are training the Koreans very slowly and in a slipshod manner. You and General Belov apparently intend to make professors rather than battle pilots out of the Chinese pilots. We consider this to be overcautiousness on the side of our aviation specialists. If Russian pilots were trained during the war in five to six months, then why is it impossible to complete the training of Chinese pilots in seven to eight months? Isn't it time to throw away this harmful overcautiousness? The Chinese troops will not fight without air cover. Therefore it is necessary to create more quickly a group of eight Chinese air fighter divisions and send them to the front. This is now your main task.

Belov can send one division closer to the Chinese border in Manchuria, and two divisions can be held in the rear in North Korea, thus freeing up two airports for the Chinese fighter divisions closer to the front. This is absolutely necessary. It is necessary to arrange matters so that the Chinese rely only on their own aviation at the front.

Report the fulfillment.

FILIPPOV [Stalin]

No. 303/sh