Ivan Kozhedub was born in Obrazhievka, Ukraine in 1920. At the time of the German invasion he was serving as a flight instructor. He achieved his first aerial victory in July 1943, a Ju 87. The Stuka was a favorite target for Kozhedub, he eventually downed 18 of the type. He was also the first Soviet pilot credited with downing an Me 262. He claimed to have downed two American P-51s in a friendly fire incident, although this is unconfirmed. He retired in 1985 with the rank of Marshal of Aviation.
Kozhedub was the top scoring Soviet and Allied fighter pilot of WWII with 64 victories. The model represents the La-7 of Major Ivan Kozhedub HSU x 3, 176 GIAP, Germany, May 1945.
I-16 Type 18 of Col. Ivan Romanenko HSU, CO of the 61st Fighter Brigade, Soviet Navy Baltic Fleet Aviation, September 1941. Romanenko was credited with 28 individual and 1 shared victory. Romanenko survived the war and retired as a Lieutenant General.
Photos from the 2022 Dayton Wright Field Modelers IPMS Show. A small vendor’s room but some great models on display. A huge bonus is the show was literally just up the road from the National Museum of the United States Air Force!
I-16 Type 21 of Lt. Petr Kharitonov HSU, 158 IAP, Kresty Airfield, Pskov USSR, July 1941. Kharitonov was credited with 14 victories, including a Ju 88 by Taran strike (ramming). In Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 95, Mikhail Maslov attributes White 13 to Sr. Lt. Vasiliy Golubev HSU, 7th IAP, Leningrad Front USSR, Summer 1941. Golubev was credited with 39 individual and 12 shared victories. The notes designating White 13 as belonging to Kharitonov are from the Begimot decal sheet.
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