10 German Nazi plane on Moscow Square in 1941

German Nazi plane on Moscow Square in 1941

Posted on February 26, 2015 by tim

In July 1941, one month after the Nazi Germany has attacked Soviet State, there was an unusual exhibition on one of the Moscow squares – a  german Junkers Ju 88A-5. It was a scout plane that has got deep into Russian territory and was shot down by the Soviet fighters. The crew of the German plane was four people which are marked as missing in action in the German archives. Five days later they recovered the plane and brought it to Moscow so people could see a sample of the huge armada approaching the Soviet capital. We can see it too on this photos:

The plane crew managed to land in the forest, that’s why the plane itself was recovered in pretty good state. Whether or not has the crew survived we don’t have any information. They might have been killed by locals as well as just lost in the vast woods around.

Five days after the plane was shot it was found and pulled out of the woods.

To be displayed on the Theatrical square of Moscow. It was a symbol of first victories of the Soviet air force. 


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10 Responses to “German Nazi plane on Moscow Square in 1941”

  1. CZenda says:

    Interesting. These shows very often impacted the morale very profoundly – German aircrafts were incomparably more advanced than Soviet ones. This is very well documented in memoirs. IIRC, Pokryshkin said something to the effect that they “had to fight steel and aluminium with canvas and wood”.

    • Bob says:

      @CZenda, your russophobia is affecting your brain.

      That might well have been true at the beginning of the war Soviet tech progressed during the war.

      • CZenda says:

        Well, maybe you would want to try some books – you know, those things made from paper with a lot of tiny letters in them. Do not panic – there are also pictures in many of them. They are usually stored in a room called “library”. I am sure your teacher will be happy to show you the way.

      • CZenda says:

        I forgot to say German aircrafts were incomparably more advanced than Soviet ones Because of this German Luftwaffe lost the Air battle in the soviet sky, especialy in the year of 1944

        Soviet regiments equiped with Yakovlev Yak-9 Anhilated German squadrons equiped with Messerschmitt Bf-109 and Focke-Wulf FW-190.

  2. anyád says:

    German nazi planes? How can you tell a plane’s political identity? Were there german communist planes and german democrat planes too?

  3. Truerequem says:

    anyad i hope you are joking or sarcastic because the question you wrote is simply stupid.

  4. Numm Awan says:

    Welcome to 2004. Here it goes.


  5. Peter Nebelung says:

    Aircraft was a reconn flight from Aufkl. Gr.122 (122th Reconaissance Group) at least that is what the squadron code says.

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