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Date
Sqdn Type No Accident Crew
December, 1941 126 IAP P-40B AH-965 "Tomahawk" of 126 IAP. In the first plane flew HSU Art. l-t S.G. Ridny. Moscow Suburbs, in December 1941 (Tomahawk IIA P-40B # AH-965 (KIA, Tomahawk IIB P-40C # AK-325)) February 17, 1942 died S.G.Ridny
October 28, 1942 746 AP DD TB-7 42015 The photo TB-7 during the test, the test ended on 14 June 1941. October 28, 1942 while landing in poor visibility, the captain captain Ponomarenko, made landing the left / T /, after landing on the run, another plane crashed into the Pe-8, who was at the park and prepare for combat missions. Aircraft number 42015 was broken. Killed 3 people from the crew.
TSVMM 72 AP I-16 2821z95 I-16 Nr 2821z95, production August 5, 1940. This plane made 518 fly in the Northern Fleet Air Force, 109 times on it flew Boris Safonov. Since 1946, the airplanes of the Central Naval Museum (TSVMM) in St. Petersburg.
72 SAP P-40E 41-13531 P-40E Kittyhawk (Series # 41-13531) BF Safonov. Killed in action in protecting the convoy PQ-16 May 30, 1942. Place of death Safonov map Google: 69° 51` 0`` N, 34° 42` 0`E Dec. 69.85 N, 34.7 E KIA May, 30 1942
Yak-3R Yak-3 in flight. The cockpit test pilot V.P. Rastorguev.

   The Yak 3R was fitted with an RD-1 GHSH liquid fuel rocket, developed by W.P. Glushko in 1944 and flown by V.I. Rastorguev. The aircraft reached 509.5 mph at 25,590 ft but on the third test flight, on 16 August 1945, the rocket exploded killing the pilot and destroying the sole Yak 3R.
KIA August, 16 1945
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Date
Sqdn Type No Accident Crew
The Yak 7B, serial number 34-37 at Ice Lake of Onega in Finland on 8 February 1943. Ice Lake of Onega in Finland on 8 February 1943 Yak-7B 34-37 Lt. Martshenko ran out of fuel and bellied in this Yak 7B, serial number 34-37 at Ice Lake of Onega in Finland on 8 February 1943. This late production Yak 7B had Yak 9 styled exhaust stubs and trim tab on rudder. The landing light was eliminated on late production batch Yak 7Bs during the Autumn of 1942. (Hanen Valtonen)
Rene Challe with Kazanov, his Russian Mechanic. In the background is White 60, Challe's personal aircraft. GC HI /7 Yak-9t Rene Challe shares a joke with Kazanov, his Russian Mechanic. In the background is White 60, Challe's personal aircraft carrying the emblem of the French GC HI/7 Fighter Group. Challe served with GC HI/7 in 1940 when he was shot down by a German plane shortly after he claimed his first kill on 15 May. He evaded capture via Spain and joined Normandie-Neimen where he served as Commander of the 4th and later the 1 st Squadron. He claimed eight victories on the Eastern Front before he was seriously wounded in an air combat over East Prussia on 17 January 1945. (Karl Hanggi)
Rene Challe with Kazanov, his Russian Mechanic. In the background is White 60, Challe's personal aircraft. GC HI /7 Yak-9t Rene and Maurice Challe in front of White 60, a Yak 9T-37. The Challe Brothers had joined the Normandie-Niemen Regiment on 18 March 1944. Maurice (right) was killed in combat over East Prussia while Rene subsequently became a Colonel in the French Air Force. (SHAA)
Roger Marchi's Yak 3 is being readied for another mission. GC HI /7 Yak-3 Roger Marchi's Yak 3 is being readied for another mission. The Normandie-Niemen Regiment used almost exclusively Russian Mechanics and ground crews. Both the undercarriage position indicator stick and fuel gauge control were mounted on wing. Marchi's plane carries thirteen kill markings behind the cockpit. Marchi joined the French volunteer unit on 7 January 1944 and returned to France with the group on 20 June 1945, only to be killed in a flying accident over France on 17 July 1946! (SHAA)