Soviet Lend-Lease Fighter Aces of World War 2 [NOOK Book]

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By the end of 1941 the Soviet Union was near collapse and its air force almost annihilated, leaving large numbers of surviving pilots with no aircraft to fly. At this juncture the United Kingdom put aside its prewar animosities toward the Communists and despatched several hundred Hurricane fighters despite the fact that at this time the British were still struggling to supply the RAF with modern fighters in North Africa and the Far East. A total of 4300 Hurricanes and Spitfires, as well as several hundred ...
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Overview

By the end of 1941 the Soviet Union was near collapse and its air force almost annihilated, leaving large numbers of surviving pilots with no aircraft to fly. At this juncture the United Kingdom put aside its prewar animosities toward the Communists and despatched several hundred Hurricane fighters despite the fact that at this time the British were still struggling to supply the RAF with modern fighters in North Africa and the Far East. A total of 4300 Hurricanes and Spitfires, as well as several hundred Tomahawks, Kittyhawks and Airacobras, obtained from the USA under Lend-lease, were eventually supplied to the USSR in an attempt to present a Russian defeat. After the United States had entered the war, the Americans extended Lend-lease to include direct supply to the Soviets as well as the British, and among the aircraft sent were almost 10,000 fighters - mainly P-39s, P-40s and P-63s. Although many of these aircraft were outdated when they arrived, and some were not particularly suited to Russian operating conditions, they served when they were needed. A number of Russian pilots became Heroes of the Soviet Union flying Lend-lease aircraft, and many more gained their early experience before converting to their own Yaks and Lavochkins. All of these types, including the Hurricane, remained in active units until the end of the war, and even into the post-war period.

The Soviet government tried to play down or conceal the importance of Lend-lease fighters until well into the 1980s, and the pilots who flew them were discriminated against as 'foreigners'. Only in recent years have these pilots felt free to admit what they flew, and now the fascinating story of these men and their heroic achievements can emerge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782005544
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Aircraft of the Aces , #74
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 865,923
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

George Mellinger is a specialist in Russian aviation history living in the United States. He is an associate of the Russian Aviation Research Group-Air Britain and a member of the Twin Cities Aero Historians. He is working on major studies of Soviet Air Force organisation and of Soviet aces. This is his fouth volume for Osprey. The author lives in South Dakota, USA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

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    This book covers - in detail - those pilots who 'made ace' in the aircraft supplied by Britain and the US: The Hawker Hurricane, 'Mostly used in the North', Spitfire V 'mostly' and IX - used both in the North, AND over the Kuban, where they were unfortunately often mistaken for 109s - The US Curtiss Tomahawk 'P-40B/C' used in depth, but without spare parts backing, the Curtis P-40E-N Kittyhawk/Warhawk - in which Boris Safonov was killed 'P-40E 'White 10'', and in which many other A-VMF Pilots found glory - and of course the aircraft that most perfectly fit the needs of the VVS-RKKA fighter Regiments: The P-400 Airacobra I shipped from England where they were not wanted, and the P-39D-2, P-39K-1'Pokryshkin's FIRST Airacobra', P-39L-1, P-39M-1, P-39N-0'Pokryshkin's best known Airacobra', P-39N-1, P-39Q, and, at war's end, the P-63 Kingcobra which scored 2 anti-Japanese 'Tarans' and 1 victory, the irony being that it was the wingman of Major V.F. Sirotin'20+ victories flying his flamboyantly marked P-39N for the Northern A-VMF'who shot down either a Ki.27 'Nate' or a Ki.43 'Hayabusa' during the invasion of Manchuria/North Korea! I had not known - before this book was published - that there was a struggle to get Pokryshkin to change to a 'Good SOVIET-BUILT fighter' such as the Lavochkin or Yak aircraft, but 'Sasha' hated Alexander Yakovlev as a political toady to Iosip Vissarionich Dzhugashvili 'Stalin' and after A.F. Klubov was killed in his SECOND landing accident attempting to transition into the LA-7 'Read the Air Enthusiast Quarterly article on the Czech LA-5FNs, which, for an incautious pilot, 'would emulate a kangaroo on landing''in which the thing flipped on its back, killing Klubov and poisoning Pokryshkin permanently against Lavochkin's products as well! For this reason, t here were 36 P-63s awaiting the Division as of April 1945, but these were not transitioned into before war's end by the 9th IAD. I can only assume 'Mr. Mellinger does not tell us' that once again, Pokryshkin's aircraft would have been 'white 100' but whether this was a P-63A or a P-63C I would love to find out! Regardless, this book is a 'must have' for anyone studying this aspect of the V-VS or any modeller wishing to accurately model Pokryshkin's 42-9004/'100', or needs other detailed info on other Lend-Lease V-VS aircraft.

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