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Ulciscere #1 Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:03 AM

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During World War II, the Soviet Union was actually the second country (after Great Britain) to import the Curtiss P-40 fighter. In all, the USSR received 247 P40C (Tomahawk IIB) and 2,178 P-40E, -K, -L, and -N aircraft from 1941 through 1944, which ranks this type in fourth position (after the P-39, Hurricane, and P-63) among foreign aircraft delivered to the Soviet Union [1]. Deliveries were made by year in the following quantities: 1941-230 Tomahawks and 15 P-40E; 1942-17 Tomahawks and 487 P-40E, E-1, K, and L; 1943-939 P-40E-1, K, L, M, and N; 1944-446 primarily P-40M and N [2].
During the war years the P-40 fighter was included in the inventories of the three basic branches of Soviet aviation: VVS Red Army (VVS KA), VVS Navy (VVS VMF), and PVO (national air defense) aviation, and fought practically on all fronts from the Black Sea to the Barents Sea. It is a little known fact that the Tomahawks and Kittyhawks with red stars participated in all the decisive battles: the battle for Moscow, at Stalingrad, the defense of Leningrad, in the Kuban, at the Kursk bulge, and beyond to the liberation of eastern Prussia. It is true that nowhere (except in the far north) did their numbers achieve a critical level (as a rule, not more than 1-2 regiments in an air army) and therefore they did not have a deciding influence on the outcome of any battle (as did the Airacobra, for example).

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Old_Crow51 #2 Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:34 AM

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The Soviets really did not like depending on foreign aircraft. The Hurricane, the P-40 and the Spitfire are some of the aircraft that they got and they did not like any of them. There are other various reasons but considering that all three of these aircraft were superior to everything the VVS had before 1943 (The YAK-1/7 may be an exception) makes it surprising that they did not want to use them.

Even the P-39 was looked down upon by the higher ups. If you did not switch to a Soviet design later in the war, it did not win you any points for your career.


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View PostOld_Crow51, on 07 December 2012 - 06:34 AM, said:

The Soviets really did not like depending on foreign aircraft. The Hurricane, the P-40 and the Spitfire are some of the aircraft that they got and they did not like any of them. There are other various reasons but considering that all three of these aircraft were superior to everything the VVS had before 1943 (The YAK-1/7 may be an exception) makes it surprising that they did not want to use them.

Even the P-39 was looked down upon by the higher ups. If you did not switch to a Soviet design later in the war, it did not win you any points for your career.
Thanks that is something I did not like. Thanks.
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Jarek301 #4 Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

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Yak-9 ftw.




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