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By Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson

That includes first-hand bills from veteran pilots, infrequent archival photos and professional research, this quantity brings to lifestyles the vicious dogfights that came about among the Bf 109 and the Yak as they vied for mastery of the frozen skies of the jap Front.

Step into the cockpit of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the pink Air Force's Yaks 1-7, warring parties that have been all in favour of many of the greatest, fiercest aerial battles in historical past. the long-lasting Messerschmitt fighter and its wrestle hardened pilots administered a nervous drubbing to the Yaks initially of the conflict. many of the maximum scoring aces in background benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the obese and underpowered Yak 1, racking up magnificent successes opposed to their poorly educated and built adversaries. And but, because the Soviets collected strive against event, their strategies more suitable, as did their mounts within the upgraded Yak 1B and progressively, the pink strength eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies within the jap entrance, even though with the 109G they'd by no means lose qualitative superiority.

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Those young men who decided to become pilots, and whose health, education and other qualities were deemed suitable, were sent to flying schools. For advanced aircrew training the Luftwaffe had 21 pilot schools, ten combat schools and two aircraft technician schools. com 47 MIKHAIL DMITRIEVICH BARANOV 48 With 13 Bf 109s destroyed to his name, Mikhail Baranov was one of the most successful early Yak aces. Born in Gorki, near Leningrad, on 21 October 1921, he had learned to fly with his local aero club and then joined the Red Army in 1938.

Timoshenko on 22 December 1940. Titled ‘About the changes in the order of progression in the military service for junior and middle-rank commanding staff of the Red Army Air Force’, it stated that from then on graduates of flying schools were to be assigned the rank of sergeant, rather than lieutenant or senior lieutenant as had previously been the case. Airmen whose term of service was less than four years were obliged to live in barracks, and their supplies and salary were reduced accordingly.

Com 45 Students from a VVS-KA flying school pose alongside a UT-2M trainer designed under Aleksander Yakovlev’s leadership. No fewer than 7,243 examples of the aeroplane were built in five factories between 1937 and 1946, with the M (modernized) version being introduced in 1941 in an attempt to improve the UT-2’s handling and stability. It would be a mistake to say that all Soviet fighter pilots in the summer of 1941 were inadequately trained conscripts. There were of course combat-seasoned aviators who had fought in the Spanish, Khalhin-Gol and Winter wars, but their number was insignificant in relation to the total numbers of aircrew recruited during that pre-war year.

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