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The 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, also known as "Schwarze Team", of the 13th Night Fighter Air Division was a squadron of the Belkan Air Force during the Belkan War. It was led by the former Yuktobanian Air Force pilot Dominic Zubov and crewed by mercenaries.[1] It operated eight MiG-31 Foxhounds bearing black and red paint schemes.

Schwarze commonly uses XLAA missiles to attack at long-ranges. When the squadron engages it splits into two units consisting of four aircraft each. One of the unit engages first, while the second unit engages later. The second unit's opening volleys usually consist of XLAA fire.

History

Schwarze ("black" in German/Belkan) had first, officially, seen combat during the Belkan War in 1995. During the war, the entire squadron gained a reputation of fear among both the military of Belka and the Allied Forces.

The squadron was commonly tasked with intercepting Belkan aircraft attempting to defect or leave the battlefield for whatever reason. According to the military record from Sepp Bonhof (Schwarze Four), this squadron performed other unknown tasks as well. Like all units of the 13th Night Fighter, Schwarze was never officially tried by Belka for their actions, since they had completely unrestricted orders to engage both enemy and allied forces at will.

On May 28, the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron was dispatched to assassinate Belkan ace Wolfgang Buchner, also known as "Huckebein the Raven". Buchner had been ordered to drop a nuclear weapon on a Belkan city, but disobeyed and attempted to flee Belka.[2]

Schwarze Team pursued the deserting ace into the infamous Airspace B7R, also known as the Round Table, where the Allied Operation Battle-Axe was then under way. Schwarze lost track of Buchner in the furball and instead engaged the Allied mercenary Galm Team. The entire squadron was shot down in the resulting engagement.[3]

With the end of the Belkan War, all members fled the country, changed their identities or seemed to disappear. In 2005, Brett Thompson interviewed Zubov in Oured, Osea where he was suspected to be part of a smuggling ring.[4]

Members and Military Records

Schwarze One - Captain Dominic "Vulture" Zubov

Status: Alive

Nationality: Yuktobanian

Assigned to the 13th Night Fighter Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and feared even by allied forces throughout the war as "The Escapee Killer". After the war, he fled in order to escape prosecution as a war criminal. There are reports that he is now living in Osea but the truth remains uncertain.

Schwarze Two - Sergei Karkov

Status: Unknown (Presumed K.I.A)

Nationality: Yuktobanian

Assigned to the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron. The Night Fighter Air Division was in fact a squad designed to assassinate deserters. Little to no information is known about this squadron, however, inquiry into its nature continues.

Schwarze Three - Harald Brehme

Status: Missing in Action

Nationality: Belkan

A member of the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was shot in battle, but his death has yet to be verified. Rumor exists that he fled the country after the war, but due to the extensive damage to official records, confirmation of his whereabouts remain unlikely.

Schwarze Four - Sepp Bonhof

Status: Missing in Action

Nationality: Belkan

Assigned to the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, all personal information regarding this pilot has been erased. The Night Fighter Air Division appears to have had other duties besides eliminating deserters, however, details remain scarce.

Schwarze Five - Helger Collins

Status: Alive

Nationality: Belkan

A member of the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He is currently a member of top level management at Omnikron Electro. Some say that Collins secretly changed his identity after the war and that he is actually Friedrich Gehlen. Due to lack of evidence, confirmation of this is unattainable.

Schwarze Six - Rafael Battenberg

Status: Missing in Action

Nationality: Belkan

He was a member of the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Inquiry into the squadron continues. All Night Fighter Air Division records were destroyed when Belka's defeat became apparent.

Schwarze Seven - Alexander Roshardt

Status: Missing in Action

Nationality: Belkan

All information regarding this pilot, except for the fact that he was assigned to the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, has been erased. His name, age and personal registry, records upon enrollment into the squadron remains in question. Investigation into this matter, as well as that of the squadron, continues.

Schwarze Eight - Maximillian Warner

Status: Missing in Action

Nationality: Belkan

Assigned to the 13th Night Fighter Air Division 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, his death has yet to be verified. Due to the destruction of all Belkan public records, confirmation of his true existence remains unattainable. If still alive, he poses a very dangerous risk.

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References

  1. ACE COMBAT ZERO -> World News -> World News 18 -> Page 01.
  2. Cutscene 20: "Ancient Walls #1", Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  3. Mission 10M: "Mayhem (Mercenary)", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  4. Cutscene 07M: "The Bringer of Death / 1", Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
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