20 Soviet Aviation of the War Time

Soviet Aviation of the War Time

Posted on May 22, 2013 by team

This photo album is devoted to the Soviet aviation 1941-1945. Check out the aircrafts used to defend the USSR and other countries from the Nazi enemy.

Aircraft mechanics of the Leningrad front are preparing the bomber for a new flight, 1941.

Moscow citizens are staring at the German aircraft crashed over the city, 1941.


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20 Responses to “Soviet Aviation of the War Time”

  1. Douglas says:

    Great photos!
    Shumkova’s airplane was not built at her expense as it is an American P-39!

  2. D says:

    It’s really understated just how instrumental air superiority was to the red army’s victory.

    Between these planes and the rocket bombardment the Germans had no chance.

    Once the war turned around any way. took a while for Russia to regroup.

    • ptc says:

      Just look at Finland – with finnish 60 tanks they destroyed 3500 soviet tanks. And SSSR attacked Finland, not other way.

  3. j pigden says:

    Propaganda photos are staged, but this one is completely unbelievable!
    Live bombs in the factory with an unfinished airplane & saying they are being fitted to the airplane. NO!!

  4. PJ Drawer says:

    Wonderful pictures, thank you. Of course the ‘Nazi enemy’ only became so when he invaded the USSR. Up to that moment he had been the ‘Nazi ally’ and the Soviets could not have cared less about the countries that fell to the fascists – in fact in the case of Poland the Soviets even shared the spoils. But that does not take away from the sufferings and heroism of the ordinary Soviet people in the struggle against the Nazi invader.

    • misha says:

      That’s only true from 1939 until 1941. Stalin and every Soviet Party member and citizen knew that Hitler was a threat and an enemy of the USSR. (So did the rest of the world, much of which hoped Hitler would simply destroy the Soviet Union and leave everyone else in peace.) The whole country spent years racing to build up its industrial capacity to meet the threat, and Stalin was practically begging the West for an anti-Hitler alliance for quite a while. When he was rebuffed, he decided on a temporary non-aggression pact to buy time, which most of the country must have found stupefying. It’s true, once the pact was made, Stalin was idiotically slow to believe that Hitler would soon invade, but that is likely due to his personal affinity for the leadership qualities of a fellow dictator. Their ideology remained diametrically opposed (regardless of similarities), but Stalin always did believe in his own autocracy more than he believed in Communism.

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  6. Mozzie says:

    Guys, as much I hate nazi ideology, russian planes were HOPELESS (and I know you’re gonna hate me for it…. but truth hurts)…. utterly USELESS against german fighters.
    The only way they could win… was if the germans weren’t there. “Flying coffin” sounds familiar? Oh well, propaganda stuff anyway!

    • CZenda says:

      The nickname was, in fact, “Lacquered coffin guaranteed”, used for LaGGs. It was very probably spread by Yakovlev.

    • misha says:

      And yet, 90% of the Luftwaffe was on the Eastern Front, slowly losing the air war…

  7. CZenda says:

    AFAIK Hurricanes were sincerely hated by Soviet pilots. On the other hand, P-40 and especially Airacobras were the aircrafts preferred over anything Soviet industry was ready to provide – until the arrival of Lavochkin 5F. Still, when offered to replace Airacobras with Lavochkins, Pokryshkin chose to stick with P-39s

    • misha says:

      That’s funny, because the British used some Sturmoviks and hated them in turn. But both were fantastic planes. To each his own, I supposed (but they both love their tea).

  8. bobs says:

    Very nice historic photos, thanks.

  9. Staritza says:

    There are so many ignorant comments here about Russian Great Patriotic War aircraft it is difficult to know where to begin with such utter garbage as spouted by the ignorant clowns such as “Mozzie”.

    The Russians annihilated Nazi Germany because of their far superior new generation of weaponry in all areas, aircraft, tanks, self-propelled guns,artillery,rocket-launchers, and small-arms.

    As for the Americans and British, their equipment was Utter Shit!!! Petrol-engined tanks with paper-thin armor (and tiny “pop-guns”) that could only crawl along at a snails-pace!!! British tanks had a horrible propensity for throwing tracks and catching on fire: a single Russian T34-76 or KV1 could take out an entire battalion of American and British tanks easily.

    No American or British aircraft would last ten seconds against a Russian Sturmovik or Lavochkin Fighter: the Nazi’s in utter desperation attempted to counter the all-conquering Lavochkin with the ME262 but failed so miserably that all Nazi pilots were forbidden to try and fight a Lavochkin, no matter how many Nazi aircraft there were.

    The Americans were incapable of producing a reliable smallarm, their abysmally poorly made infantry firearms were always notorious for jamming, and exactly as the Americans have never been able to design a decent tank, so also they could not design a decent infantry firearm even by the time of the Vietnam War where their luckless conscripts were given the abysmal Armalite rifle.

    The “Mozzies” of this world are stupid, ignorant Americans in a bankrupt garbage-heap of a country that is falling apart like a rotten ship full of panicking rats.

  10. Staritza says:

    Oh, and by the way “Mozzie”, when the Russians were sent a few Shermans, General Grants, Churchills,and Cromwell’s as a pathetic “sop” for refusing to open a Second-Front against the Nazi’s, the Russian Tankmen were utterly horrified at this useless junk, and immediately named them all “Communal Graves”.

    None of these useless American and British tanks were ever used in combat by the Russians, because the Russian Tankmen and their Officers adamantly refused to use such suicidal garbage anywhere near any front-line.

  11. David Pepper says:

    Hmm the Hurricane and Spitfire won the Battle of Britain in 1940 which was the first defeat Hilter suffered losing the cream of the Luftwaffe pilots over southern England which the Luftwaffe never recovered from.

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