Aleksei Alelyukhin was credited with 40 individual and 17 shared victories and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union twice. He was flying I-16s with the 69th Fighter Regiment when the Germans launched operation Barbarossa. He scored steadily throughout the war, although he was wounded three times and forced to bail out once. He survived the war and served until 1985, retiring as a Major General.
This is the La-7 of Captain Aleksei Alelyukhin HSU x 2, 9 GIAP, East Prussia, December 1944.
I-153 of Captain Konstantin Soloviyev HSU, 71st IAP, Soviet Navy Baltic Fleet Aviation, Lavansaari, Summer 1942. Soloviyev was credited with 4 individual and 8 shared victories. Photographs of other 71st IAP I-153s show that the front baffle plating was removed from some aircraft, exposing the engine, while on others it was not. It is not clear if the plating was removed from White 24 so I modeled it in place.
La-7 of Captain Pyotr Bazanov HSU, 156 IAP, Germany, April 1945. He was credited with 18 individual and 6 shared victories. Bazanov survived the war and retired as a Lieutenant General in 1985.
I-16 Type 24 of Boris Safonov, twice HSU, CO of the 4th Squadron, 72nd Mixed Aviation Regiment, Soviet Navy Northern Fleet, Vaenga USSR, August 1941. Safonov was credited with 20 individual and 6 shared victories. While it is likely Safonov flew this aircraft, it was not assigned exclusively to him. The slogans are “For Stalin!” on the port side and “Death to Fascists!” to starboard.
This is the La-7 of LCol Sergei Dolgushin HSU, 156 IAP, Germany, April 1945. Dolgushin was credited with 18 individual and 10 shared victories.
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.
I-15bis of Sr. Lt. Vladimir Abramov HSU, Soviet Navy Baltic Fleet Aviation, Leningrad, Summer 1941. Abramov was credited with 10 individual and 15 shared victories.
I-15bis, winter 1941-42. I found a picture of the aircraft but no specifics on the unit or pilot. I modeled this one mainly because I wanted to try weathering the winter camouflage.