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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 images 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 japanese Front.

Step into the cockpit of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the crimson Air Force's Yaks 1-7, opponents which have been interested by the various greatest, fiercest aerial battles in heritage. the long-lasting Messerschmitt fighter and its wrestle hardened pilots administered a nervous drubbing to the Yaks at the beginning of the conflict. a few of the maximum scoring aces in historical past benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the obese and underpowered Yak 1, racking up excellent successes opposed to their poorly educated and built adversaries. And but, because the Soviets gathered strive against event, their strategies more advantageous, as did their mounts within the upgraded Yak 1B and steadily, the crimson strength eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies within the jap entrance, even though with the 109G they might by no means lose qualitative superiority.

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It is the same in the region of Ternopol. Our fighter pilot losses are high, as the Russians fight furiously. Russian bombers in close formations attack our land troops, ignoring the massive antiaircraft fire. Because of all this the Luftflotte is restricted in its actions. From dawn to dusk when attacking the enemy’s army columns and airfields, we suffer constantly from the Soviet aviation counterattacks, all day long rebuffing the attacks of their fighters. In the period from 22 June to 5 July 1941, Luftwaffe losses on the Eastern Front amounted to 807 aircraft (both total losses and machines suffering major damage).

Lukyanov, who flew 94 combat sorties during the war, some of which were in the Yak-1, and who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Joining the Red Army in the summer of 1934, he initially drilled as an infantryman. However, from January 1935 Lukyanov attended the J. V. Stalin naval pilots’ and air observers’ school in Yeysk, where, as well as learning theory in the classroom, he also flew the Polikarpov U-2 biplane trainer. com The venerable Polikarpov U-2 (re-designated the Po-2 in 1944) served as the VVS-KA’s elementary trainer throughout World War II, some 13,500 examples having been built by June 1941.

Graf was one of only seven day-fighter pilots so honoured, having become the first aviator in the world to score 200 aerial victories. By now a national hero, the onetime apprentice blacksmith was able to indulge his life-long passion for football. Graf formed his own team, ‘The Red Hunters’, and whenever he was posted to a new unit he ensured that his star players accompanied him! In 1943 Graf served another spell in training command, before heading specialist units JG(r) 50 and JG 11 in Defence of the Reich duties.

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