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.

Air unit commander Korolev (to the left) is congratulating captain Savkin with a successfully fulfilled combat task. Leningrad, 1942.

Soldiers are attacking the Germans who occupied the copse. To the fore are fragments of the destroyed German plane. 1943. Leningrad front.

Combat aircrafts assembly at one of the defense plants of Moscow.

Ivanovo region. Soviet professor is inspecting combat vehicles assembled for the money of local workers. October 7th, 1944.

In one of the aircraft factories, 1943. The place is unknown.

In the aircraft assembly shop, March, 1943, the place is unknown.

The plane is being bombed up at the factory №18 named after Voroshilov, 1942.


Participant of the All-Union socialistic competition, student of the school of arts, A. Fedchenkova is finishing the armoured glass of the pilot’s cabin, 1942.

Aerologist of the Tbilisi airport, February 2nd, 1945.

Group of military men at the aircraft, 1941. The place is unknown.

“From the Maly Theater to the Front”.

The plane built at the expense of the State Academic Maly Theater before its sending to the front, June 1944. Moscow.

State Jazz Orchestra artists are inspecting the fighter “Funny Guys” bought for their money. 1944, Moscow.

Soviet artist Leonid Utesov is delivering his speech standing on the plane, 1944. Moscow.

Squadron of fighters built at the expense of workers of the Gorky region, 1944.

Fighter YAK-9 built at the expense of a farmer whose surname was Golovatiy. 1944. The place is unknown.

Squadron leader and F. Golovatiy at another aircraft bought for the money of the farmer and given to the Soviet pilot. June, 1944. The place is unknown.

Squadron leader Eremin in the aircraft built at the expense of Golovatiy. January, 1943. Front of Stalingrad.


People from the Yaroslavl region are transferring the Soviet pilots the squadron of aircrafts built for the money collected by the young people of the region, 1942.

Member of the collective farm A. M. Sarskov and hero of the Soviet Union, major F. N. Orlov are standing at the plane built at the expense of Sarskov. July 10th, 1944.

The plane built at the expense of Kiev’s workers, September, 13, 1944.

Hero of the Soviet Union Shevchenko is thanking a member of the collective farm of the Ivanovo region for the aircrafts built at the expense of the local workers. October 10, 1944.

Pilot of attack aviation thanks the women for the plane built at their expense. June 3, 1944.

Squadron of the planes built at the expense of Chapaevsk citizens and given to the Belorussian front. September 12, 1944.

Planes of the squadron “Moscow” built at the expense of workers of the Kiev district of Moscow. October 16, 1944. Moscow.

Fighters built for the money collected by Novosibirsk Komsomol members. 1942.

Fighters built for the money collected by youngsters of the Khabarovsk Territory. 1942.

The military men are inspecting the aircrafts built at the expense of Znamensk workers, 1944.


Hero of the Soviet Union, captain Kozhedub in the cabin of the plane built at the expense of a collective farm member Konev. June, 1944.

Collective farm member Shumkova is talking to lieutenant Sobolev at the plane built at her expense. 1943.

Ammunition loading for sending to the front, March, 1943.

Ammunition loading at the airfield. Romania 1944.

Transport aircraft has delivered ammunition to the front, April 29, 1944.

Fighter pilots are reading the military newspaper, July, 1941.

Loading of propaganda leaflets for German people into the plane, 1942. Western front.

Loading of propaganda leaflets into the plane. 1942, Western front.

Military commanders at the airfield of Sevastopol, 1942.

Assigning the task to the fighter pilots, Sevastopol, 1942.


The fighter pilotis telling his friends about his combat experience in the air, August, 1942. Northern front.

Explaining the course of a combat flight, 1943, Northern Fleet.

At the destroyed long-range aircraft Il-4.1941.

German fighter “Messerschmidt” after the emergency landing. 1942.

American aircraft in service of the Northern Fleet. 1942.

Bombers of the navy aviation at the airfield, October 1942. Northern fleet.

Fixing the torpedo, 1943, Northern Fleet.

Coming back from the combat flight, June 1943, Northern Fleet.

“Hurricane” fighters, 1942.

Commander of the torpedo aircraft that sank five vehicles of the enemy with the crew. 1943. Northern Fleet.


Soviet pilot is learning to fly on the English fighter “Hurricane”, 1941. Northern Fleet.

English pilot who was fighting in the Northern Fleet near his aircraft, 1941.

Soviet captain is explaining the course of the combat flight to the pilots of “Fighting France” (Squadron “Normandie-Niemen”), 1942.

French pilots of “Fighting France” are leaving the airfield after the combat mission, 1943.

Soviet major is talking to the pilots of Fighting France “Normandie” who act on the side of Red Army, 1943.

Pilots of “Normandie” are developing the plan of a new flight, 1945.

The crew of the American bomber “flying fortress” upon arrival from the combat mission flight with Soviet pilots, 1944.

Soviet pilots – order bearers at the airfield, 1943. Orel region.

Destroyed liaison aircraft U-2, July 6, 1943.

Soviet attack planes over Berlin, 1945.


One of the ten gliders captured by Yugoslavian partisans at the German airfield not far from Belgrade, 1944.

Meeting at one of the airfields under Berlin before sending the Banner of Victory to Moscow, 1945.

Holding the banner of Victory on the day of its arrival to Moscow, June 20, 1945.

Crew before the flight, 1945. Second Far Eastern front.

Women-listeners in Manchuria, 1945.

Military press photographer V. Rudniy with the crew of the “Catalina” plane. China. The date is unknown.

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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.

  5. benzin says:


  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!

  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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