La 5/7 Fighters in Action


La 5/7 Fighters in Action

La 5/7 Fighters in Action (Aircraft Number 169)
By Hans-Heiri Stapfer

Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1998 52 Pages
ISBN: 0897473922
PDF 18 MB

The wooden, radial cngined La-5 fighters from the drawing board of the Lavochkin Design Bureau played a vital role in wresting air superiority from the Luftwaffe on the Eastern front. The top scoring Allied ace. Ivan N. Ko/hedub. claimed all of his 62 aerial victories while fly-ing Lavochkin fighters. Ko/hedub flew his initial combat sorties during OPERATION CITADEL north of Kursk, where he downed four enemy aircraft and claimed his last victim, an Me 262 jet fighter, on 15 February 1945. A considerable number of Soviet aces claimed their kills in Lavochkin fighters. Along with the inline engincd Yakovlev fighters, the Lavochkins were the backbone of the Soviet Fighter Aviation Regiments during the Great Patriotic War. Soviet factories built 9.920 La-5s up to November of 1944 when production switched to the more advanced La-7. The same factories built 5.905 La-7s until production ceased in December of 1945.




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