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XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 08:00 PM
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1944 Part I.

"2.01.44.
Happy New Year! God, please help me to stay alive to the end of this war.

At night german bombers are flying above Kiev, projectors are catching them and AAA unleashes hell of fire...but not getting them. Yesterday Germans bombed our airbase but no planes were damaged. One one of them bombs, a large one too...probably few hundreds kilorgamms fell near planes but did not expload.

I led group of IL2`s to the south of Belaya Zerkov. We spend 20 min over their territory but didn`t find anything interesting.

Today we flew in the group of five. On the way back our group was forced to fly really low because of the clouds and suddenly we came across another group of IL2`s flying towards us. We literally had to dive under them ... Pilot Shevko miscalculated his dive and crahsed into the ground. Was lost. Pilot died instantly but rear gunner Ovchinnkiov still alive. Survivor. This was a not first time for him and still, he comes out in one piece.

4.01.44.
The weather turned for the worse. Our pilot Skrypnik was landing in the field south of Fastov .. his plane hit the trenches and was seriously damaged. He came back yesterday..by foot. On the same day PE-2 from other regiement crashed into barraks at the end of the runway.

And... a woman-pilot was landing her Yak on it`s belly and killed a technician who was standing near landing stip.

In middle of day we took off in group of eight and flew to the soust-west of Belaya Zerkov`. My 72-nd mission and fourth time as a group leader.

Yesterday i received a package: 250gr of vodka, towels, noteg-books, cigarettes and other things.

7.01.44.
Today we buried N. Shevko. The orchestra played horrible. It was obvious that they were tired of funerals. Standing near casket with remains of my good friend...i said a few words and ...started crying.

I was appointed to the commander of the squadron...from regular pilot to the squad commander in 17 months... I guess they trust me .

Near Belaya Zerkov, long before our offencive, Sheinin was shot down and killed. Back then germans were putting a lot of pressure on us. Different story now...their fighters and ground fire are rare occasion. We are flying without fighter cover.

Yesterday 16 planes plus fighter cover took off towards Mironovka..apporximately 30-40 kilometers into German territory. Our target railroad tracks and cargo trains at the station. But near Belaya Zrkov fighter started complaining about the weather and left us. Our target was under thick layer of clouds. When we punched thru the clouds i only accounted for 10 planes...others went who knows where. Only 1 cargo train at the staion.

Yesterday i got two tickets to the theater... opera. Wanted to go with Evgenia but weather cleared up and it was necessary for me to fly. Tickets were gone.

We are relocation to new place...airbase at Uzin. Last night i heard rumors that our regiment will give remained planes to other regiements of our division and will wait for new ones. It was just a rumor. Oh well, we will continue to fly on what we got. Too many rumors...

18.01.44.
I got into the hospital and in there i came across Petrenko, pilot of 181-st fighter regiment (Ona that use to cover us) . He was shot down near Gribenki along with Uribe and one other pilot and taken by germans. Germans have treated him at Belaya Zerkov hospital and when they ran...forgot to take him with them. Petrenko was badly burned and if it wasn`t for that he would probably was sent to Germany. He said that germans treated him well, even gave him a vodka few times. . There he found out about destiny of our captain Gorbachev. Gorbachev and hist gunner both jumped out of burning plane. Gunner was wounded by german soldiers who was chasing him...and shot himself. Pilot managed to escape and was hiding in a cellar of one of the houses at the village near by. In the evening Germans got drank and sent women in a cellar for some cucumbers. Girls were afraid and did not go in there... then one of drunk nazies went in there....and Gorbachev shot him. But he was also killed in the gunfire. Locals wanted to bury him...but germans did not let them...Destroyed his body.

29.01.44.
I didn`t write for more than twenty days because left Zhulian unexpectedly and all my belongings remained on an apartment. When i came back...i found out that someone stole 800 rubles from me and my favorite belt with the star, the one i was wearing for almost 5 years.

Received two Letters from Grunia...She left Asia and came back home to her mom. Lives in Lubertzi now.

My father received money orders, but other 3000 rubles still missing.

So many good men were lost lately. On January 8th i led the group to the south-west of Belaya Zerkov. On 9-th to the south of station Mironovka. Second time - on Boguslav.

On January 10th few relocated to Nehvoroch, 20km to the north-east of Berdichev. Our group of 6 was coming back from the mission on Vasilkovo when they we attacked by Fw`s. German fighters were using a new tactics....hunt for group leader. They were attacking in pairs...one fighter was approaching from down below..covered by tail section, another from above was distracting rear gunners attention. Bottom began to attack Nikolaevs IL2 and closed on him up to 20-30 meters, but missed. Probably, could not concentrate: speed was so low that german was about to stall. On the second attack fighter got even closer, but miscalculated angle of his attack and had to pull up hard...but rear gunner wasn`t sleeping and with long burst sent nazi to his grave.

Fascists have begun strong counterattacks under Vinniza. Some major air battles there. On January 13th Nikolaev didn`t come back. They flew in pairs in the bad weather, plus german fighters. His wing was forces to land in Borispol.

On January 14 Voronin did not come back.. he flew in pair with someone. All of them from 92nd regiment.
We flew on January 15th. Flight of 4 was led by Poletaev who had some peoblems and couldn`t keep up.. His group was attacked by fighters and all planes were shot down. Pilot Smolyakov and his gunner died right there. Poletaev and his gunner jumped out at low altitude and Kozlov belly-landed in the field.

The second pilot from Spain: Prieto from 101-st fighters regiment did not return home.

My assistant Aljabiev, while i was absent from the rigiment, appointed my gunner Marushkin on the plane with new pilot - Kovtushenko. In the target area Kovtushenko pulled out of the dive so hard that Marushkin got thrown out of his seat... He had time to open his parachute...but germans captured him. Now i don`t have my well trusted guard with me. We were together since Belgorod. Like a family. (Later on Mrushkin managed to escape and came back to our regiment. Author.).

In the early morning of January 26th 92nd regiment sent out on the "hunting mission" 6 planes, solo flight. The weather was pretty bad, visibility is extreamly poor. As a result...disaster. We lost Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov and his gunner...plane plunged into the ground, due to poor visibility. Old fighter, very well respected ... we will dearly miss him. Two evenings in the row our pilots were giving him their best regards. People are dying because of superiors.

We can bury our friends on the rare occasion... more and more without funeral. Our infantry is much worse: pushing their bodies with bulldozers at the bottom bomb craters or any other holes and not even looking at the documents.

Kovshikov is commander of 92-nd regiment. I remember, when he arrived he still had old buttonholes traces from three cubes - rank of 1st lieutenant. How could he be appointed to the rank of regiment commander? There was no doubt that he knew someone "above". He took a great risk sending people out on January 26th, all because he wanted to show his loyalty to his superiors. And he will do the same later, not once...

4.02.44.
Poletaev had to fly low because of the clouds..as a result he cought corner of church and crashed his plane. Hmm...looks like our old guys are giving in.

Grunia arrived to her mom...she`s been much nicer to me latey. I sent her 8000 roubles.

My ducmuments were sent out for a fourth award of Red Banner.

Our favourite division commander Baidukov was prpmoted to the corp commander. Commander for 91st regiment lieutenant colonel Levadnyj will be replacing him.

Our regiment lives in village Nehvorosch. Almost every night squadron commanders: me, Beregovoi, Koreshkov and the navigator of our regiment major Kuzin are playing cards. Some times we celebrate birthdays- fake ones...just to get drunk.

On February1st i led group to Belaya Zerkov first, then south of it...Mironovka. On the way back rain and fog made flying near impossible... With great effort we found our base and landed.

Folks at the village are pretty good...but too many fleas, they are eating us alive.

Our regiment managed to gather 10 planes in the flyable condition...but not long ago we had only 3...and for quiet some time."

More to come /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Regards,
VFC*Crazyivan
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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 08:00 PM
For 1942 notes look here: http://forums.ubi.com/messages/message_view-topic.asp?name=us_il2sturmovik_gd&id=zcasy


For 1943 notes look here: http://forums.ubi.com/messages/message_view-topic.asp?name=us_il2sturmovik_gd&id=zbban


1944 Part I.

"2.01.44.
Happy New Year! God, please help me to stay alive to the end of this war.

At night german bombers are flying above Kiev, projectors are catching them and AAA unleashes hell of fire...but not getting them. Yesterday Germans bombed our airbase but no planes were damaged. One one of them bombs, a large one too...probably few hundreds kilorgamms fell near planes but did not expload.

I led group of IL2`s to the south of Belaya Zerkov. We spend 20 min over their territory but didn`t find anything interesting.

Today we flew in the group of five. On the way back our group was forced to fly really low because of the clouds and suddenly we came across another group of IL2`s flying towards us. We literally had to dive under them ... Pilot Shevko miscalculated his dive and crahsed into the ground. Was lost. Pilot died instantly but rear gunner Ovchinnkiov still alive. Survivor. This was a not first time for him and still, he comes out in one piece.

4.01.44.
The weather turned for the worse. Our pilot Skrypnik was landing in the field south of Fastov .. his plane hit the trenches and was seriously damaged. He came back yesterday..by foot. On the same day PE-2 from other regiement crashed into barraks at the end of the runway.

And... a woman-pilot was landing her Yak on it`s belly and killed a technician who was standing near landing stip.

In middle of day we took off in group of eight and flew to the soust-west of Belaya Zerkov`. My 72-nd mission and fourth time as a group leader.

Yesterday i received a package: 250gr of vodka, towels, noteg-books, cigarettes and other things.

7.01.44.
Today we buried N. Shevko. The orchestra played horrible. It was obvious that they were tired of funerals. Standing near casket with remains of my good friend...i said a few words and ...started crying.

I was appointed to the commander of the squadron...from regular pilot to the squad commander in 17 months... I guess they trust me .

Near Belaya Zerkov, long before our offencive, Sheinin was shot down and killed. Back then germans were putting a lot of pressure on us. Different story now...their fighters and ground fire are rare occasion. We are flying without fighter cover.

Yesterday 16 planes plus fighter cover took off towards Mironovka..apporximately 30-40 kilometers into German territory. Our target railroad tracks and cargo trains at the station. But near Belaya Zrkov fighter started complaining about the weather and left us. Our target was under thick layer of clouds. When we punched thru the clouds i only accounted for 10 planes...others went who knows where. Only 1 cargo train at the staion.

Yesterday i got two tickets to the theater... opera. Wanted to go with Evgenia but weather cleared up and it was necessary for me to fly. Tickets were gone.

We are relocation to new place...airbase at Uzin. Last night i heard rumors that our regiment will give remained planes to other regiements of our division and will wait for new ones. It was just a rumor. Oh well, we will continue to fly on what we got. Too many rumors...

18.01.44.
I got into the hospital and in there i came across Petrenko, pilot of 181-st fighter regiment (Ona that use to cover us) . He was shot down near Gribenki along with Uribe and one other pilot and taken by germans. Germans have treated him at Belaya Zerkov hospital and when they ran...forgot to take him with them. Petrenko was badly burned and if it wasn`t for that he would probably was sent to Germany. He said that germans treated him well, even gave him a vodka few times. . There he found out about destiny of our captain Gorbachev. Gorbachev and hist gunner both jumped out of burning plane. Gunner was wounded by german soldiers who was chasing him...and shot himself. Pilot managed to escape and was hiding in a cellar of one of the houses at the village near by. In the evening Germans got drank and sent women in a cellar for some cucumbers. Girls were afraid and did not go in there... then one of drunk nazies went in there....and Gorbachev shot him. But he was also killed in the gunfire. Locals wanted to bury him...but germans did not let them...Destroyed his body.

29.01.44.
I didn`t write for more than twenty days because left Zhulian unexpectedly and all my belongings remained on an apartment. When i came back...i found out that someone stole 800 rubles from me and my favorite belt with the star, the one i was wearing for almost 5 years.

Received two Letters from Grunia...She left Asia and came back home to her mom. Lives in Lubertzi now.

My father received money orders, but other 3000 rubles still missing.

So many good men were lost lately. On January 8th i led the group to the south-west of Belaya Zerkov. On 9-th to the south of station Mironovka. Second time - on Boguslav.

On January 10th few relocated to Nehvoroch, 20km to the north-east of Berdichev. Our group of 6 was coming back from the mission on Vasilkovo when they we attacked by Fw`s. German fighters were using a new tactics....hunt for group leader. They were attacking in pairs...one fighter was approaching from down below..covered by tail section, another from above was distracting rear gunners attention. Bottom began to attack Nikolaevs IL2 and closed on him up to 20-30 meters, but missed. Probably, could not concentrate: speed was so low that german was about to stall. On the second attack fighter got even closer, but miscalculated angle of his attack and had to pull up hard...but rear gunner wasn`t sleeping and with long burst sent nazi to his grave.

Fascists have begun strong counterattacks under Vinniza. Some major air battles there. On January 13th Nikolaev didn`t come back. They flew in pairs in the bad weather, plus german fighters. His wing was forces to land in Borispol.

On January 14 Voronin did not come back.. he flew in pair with someone. All of them from 92nd regiment.
We flew on January 15th. Flight of 4 was led by Poletaev who had some peoblems and couldn`t keep up.. His group was attacked by fighters and all planes were shot down. Pilot Smolyakov and his gunner died right there. Poletaev and his gunner jumped out at low altitude and Kozlov belly-landed in the field.

The second pilot from Spain: Prieto from 101-st fighters regiment did not return home.

My assistant Aljabiev, while i was absent from the rigiment, appointed my gunner Marushkin on the plane with new pilot - Kovtushenko. In the target area Kovtushenko pulled out of the dive so hard that Marushkin got thrown out of his seat... He had time to open his parachute...but germans captured him. Now i don`t have my well trusted guard with me. We were together since Belgorod. Like a family. (Later on Mrushkin managed to escape and came back to our regiment. Author.).

In the early morning of January 26th 92nd regiment sent out on the "hunting mission" 6 planes, solo flight. The weather was pretty bad, visibility is extreamly poor. As a result...disaster. We lost Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov and his gunner...plane plunged into the ground, due to poor visibility. Old fighter, very well respected ... we will dearly miss him. Two evenings in the row our pilots were giving him their best regards. People are dying because of superiors.

We can bury our friends on the rare occasion... more and more without funeral. Our infantry is much worse: pushing their bodies with bulldozers at the bottom bomb craters or any other holes and not even looking at the documents.

Kovshikov is commander of 92-nd regiment. I remember, when he arrived he still had old buttonholes traces from three cubes - rank of 1st lieutenant. How could he be appointed to the rank of regiment commander? There was no doubt that he knew someone "above". He took a great risk sending people out on January 26th, all because he wanted to show his loyalty to his superiors. And he will do the same later, not once...

4.02.44.
Poletaev had to fly low because of the clouds..as a result he cought corner of church and crashed his plane. Hmm...looks like our old guys are giving in.

Grunia arrived to her mom...she`s been much nicer to me latey. I sent her 8000 roubles.

My ducmuments were sent out for a fourth award of Red Banner.

Our favourite division commander Baidukov was prpmoted to the corp commander. Commander for 91st regiment lieutenant colonel Levadnyj will be replacing him.

Our regiment lives in village Nehvorosch. Almost every night squadron commanders: me, Beregovoi, Koreshkov and the navigator of our regiment major Kuzin are playing cards. Some times we celebrate birthdays- fake ones...just to get drunk.

On February1st i led group to Belaya Zerkov first, then south of it...Mironovka. On the way back rain and fog made flying near impossible... With great effort we found our base and landed.

Folks at the village are pretty good...but too many fleas, they are eating us alive.

Our regiment managed to gather 10 planes in the flyable condition...but not long ago we had only 3...and for quiet some time."

More to come /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Regards,
VFC*Crazyivan
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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 08:01 PM
goodie!

Nic

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 08:12 PM
yhea,2nd in long read!!!!!!!!!

WHO STOLE THOSE RUBLES????

I WANT HIS BELT TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 09:08 PM
From text--

"...In the target area Kovtushenko pulled out of the dive so hard that Marushkin got thrown out of his seat... He had time to open his parachute..."



Haha, I always wondered why that guy in the back seat keeps screaming about a measely g or 2 or 3.

So, If he was pulling out of a dive, the gunner was thrown through the floor of the airplane? Ouch.

Love these translations. Much appreciated.



DxyFlyr

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 09:42 PM
We want thing like this in forum, MORE!! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 10:09 PM
Thanks Ivan. I hope Timofei makes it OK/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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Kapitan - 38. OIAE

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 10:14 PM
these threads rule.


Great story - i'm gonna start buying more airplane books.

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 10:29 PM
Can I recommend the book 'First light' by Geoffrey Wellum for a great insight into the lot of a fighter pilot to anyone interested in reading about peoples experiences in WWII.

Great writing, and will wet your appetite for the Spit http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 10:31 PM
Thanks Again
Bump

For everything their is a appointed time,and their is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and time to die. A time to laugh, and a time to weep. A time for peace, and now it is a time for War.

XyZspineZyX
08-18-2003, 10:39 PM
Thanks for these excellent stories!

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XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 12:47 AM
"And... a woman-pilot was landing her Yak on it`s belly and killed a technician who was standing near landing stip."


Great stuff, crazyivan1970 .
A woman Yak flyer! Wow. I knew women flyers existed.. but still surprised to see- um, pity she ran over a ground crew member. I would have liked to hear more about that situation.
Also surprised to see Germans treated a Russian prisoner quite well. I`ve read quite a lot of the pitiless cruelty of the Eastern Front war, so it`s nice to see that not everyone was a complete B*stard!

Great stuff. Please combine once done. Cheers.



"Tis better to work towards an Impossible Good, rather than a Possible Evil."

SeaFireLIV.

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 01:16 AM
Thanks a lot Crazyivan. Verry good read. By the way, i grew up just south of Belaya Zerkov, in Romania, the place is called Sighet. The border between Romania and Ucraine is now there on the river Tisa... Hm I used to go fishing there.

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 01:41 AM
Good read.

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XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 07:59 AM
I`m off to bed hehe...little bump before i go

V!

Regards,
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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 08:15 AM
Great reading, I like such stuff.From the story is obvious that VVS has not total air supremacy in 44 as suggested in a certain game...

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 03:14 PM
Great read! Thank you for posting it

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 03:26 PM
Spasibo, drug.

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 05:32 PM
Thanks for the reading. Since I started reading this diary I have wondered what was the average mission-life expectancy of the IL-2 pilot. Was is common to complete say 20 mission? Or was it more common to complete only 10 missions? I imagine very few and luck pilots completed 80. I understand it also depends on the year, but do you have an idea how many missions was on average completed by the average pilot? How about in FB campaigns when the entire flight gets shoot down? Realistic?
Thanks,

XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 10:00 PM
Thanks for kind words guys...doing my best hehe. I think i`ll finish part 2 tonight...if not tomorrow for sure.
V!

Regards,
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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub

XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 05:01 PM
Bump for part 2...will be out after lunch /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Regards,
VFC*Crazyivan
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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub

XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 08:02 PM
you having a late lunch?

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Kapitan - 38. OIAE

XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 08:54 PM
Sorry, long lunch lol... ok part II.

Part 2.

"21.02.44.
About 10 days ago we started to get ready for our relocation in the Belaya Zerkov area...there we had to help our armies in liquidation of the surrounded german forces at Kosun-Shevchenko. Because of the weather all flyable planes of our regiments could depart only by February 11th. Total of 7 planes. And on 14-th other 5 had arrived. In the Belaya Zerkov soviet command gathered great amount of planes.. 11 regiments: 5 assault, 3 fighters, 3 night bombers -U-2. Great help for our infantry.

Today i flew 6 missions. When we got back at night our landlord gave us a bottle of home made vodka.

During landing on Belaya Zerkov airbase i accidently cough a wing of parked U-2 with one gear and broke it. From the pilots of 181-st fighter regiment i found out that pilot from Spain came back home alive... on foot.

Today we celebrated Beregovoi`s birthday at the village. Even command of our regiment showed up. Our commanders kind of mention that is not a good time for any celebrations...but it was obvious that they didn`t mind drinking and having fun.

On February 14 th i was sitting in the plane and noticed LA5 that was making landing in the strange way...plane was coming in and "dipping" one wing...then i noticed that rudder is completely missing along with half of the elevator, basically there was not much left from the tail section. How did pliot manage to keep that plane in the air? At the same time another LA5 landed on fusulage. But he couldn`t stop sliding and crashed into parked IL2 .... Looked like LA5 had a huge hole in the wing and was hard to control. As i found out later, 4 La5s were intercepted by 12 German fighters..but managed to escape.

On February 16th i led flight of 5. Before the front lines i spoted 6 Me-109 ...they saw us too and started to turn. I knew they were about to attack our formation and turned back into our territory. Instead of chasing us Messershmids started to bomb our positions and then left. I turned my group towards the target and continued our flight. Right before us Kuzin`s grop was in this area and they were attacked by FW`s and took a heavy beating.

One of our scout planes - PE-2 was looking for german airbase and got lost in the bad weather. Pilot flew his plane to Belaya Zerkov` and dropped his load of bombs on the village...while gunners were shooting at AAA locations. Our LA-5 went for intercept and shot the bomber down. Its crew was lost. A lot of things are happening on the war!

Two crews from our regiments that were shot down over german territory came back. They had to stay for three months with partisans near Cherkassi and fought together with them.

Mud! All our transports which supplied armies got stuck on roads from Belaya Zerkov up to Lisyanka. Our command tried to use U-2`s as transport planes, but gave our pilots wrong directions and they all eneded up on German territory. From 14 planes not a single one returned. When we flew on the missions we saw remains of those planes on the ground. Except for theseU-2`s other 5 did not make it home that day. FW`s had a good time hunting them down.

On February 19 our gunners shot down JU-52 and when plane crashlanded we finished it off with the bombs. And i heard that our fighters shot down 7 JU-52s. Kuzmin with direct hit of the anti-tank bomb destroyed german tank.

In the Belaya Zerkov our airfield turned into swamp...on take off mud was flying all over the place.

89 missions on my record.

In the bad weather one of our pilots dropped his bombs from low altitude and blew up his plane..was killed. So stupid, he knew that it was prohibited to release bombs so low!

Found my belt...it was stolen by one of the technicians... from my squadron!

On February 27th i had to lead group of fighters from Kiev to different airbases. Those were delievery pilots (delivering new planes from factory to front lines)... they could barerly fly, needed my supervision.

28.02.44.
Today is my birthday - 31 years old. Time flies.
On the anniversary of Red Army i danced with Maria Malachova..and then walk her and her room mate Lisa home. On 23-rd we had a small concert of our staff in the village and after concert we danced. One drunk soldier was not polite and i had to punch him in the nose.

Led flight of 6 new fighters. Without landing with them i returned to Kiev and escorted second flight of six... on the low-level flight - and for that i received three days of arrest.

Awarded with the fourth award - Alexander Nevskiy. Today i have to goon the staff meeting... exchange of experience. Something like conference. I don`t feel like going.

2.03.44.
Our pilot Smoljakov who was missing in action is still alive, but burned badly and right now at the hospital in Kiev.

Someone stole two pairs of gloves from me. Walking around with bare hands.

In 91-st Guards regiment 2 pilots Makarow and Filippov were awared with the gold star of Heroes. Makarov has 5 awards and Gold Star. At them the commander a shelf of Koryaks, favourite Kamanina, so they well understand each other. And the more Heroes will be at *?¿ªâ in a shelf, the faster and itself will receive the maximum(supreme) award.

1-st Ukrainian front makes preparations for massive offencive operation. We have to study area of Shepetovki.
My birthday is still not celebrated...i heard the reason for it and lack of alkohol in the batallion of airfield maintenance.

One of my squadron rear gunners, a young girl, already sent to give birth. Pretty soon another one is going to be a mom as well. Both are from my squadron.

Weather is bad all the time ..bad.

Yesterday me and technician Fedorov shot a dear in the woods near by...already 3rd or fourth one.
Two pilots and a gunner from 91-st regiment were sent to the penal battalion for hooliganism.

Now my salary is 3340 roubles per month. On my saving account only 1270 roubles left. I am a big spender. Two times i sent 1000 roubles to Grunia.
I already have enought combat missions for "Hero of Soviet Union"... But my turn is still far away...besides i am not pushing for it... But if i`ll survive to the end of 1944, i will probably get it.

3.03.44.
We lost Ivan Soshnin, who had more than 70 missions. Silly death. He was flying a plane after repairs from Nedri to our base. Almost reached Fastov but weather started to turn for the worse. He should have go back to Zhuliani...but instead kept staying on course. he eneded up near Nehvoroch in the snow storm and visibility got even worse, almost zero. Pilot decided land in the field...only 15 kilometers from our airbase, not on belly...on wheels. During landing gerar got cought up in the hole and plane flipped over. Ivan was hanging on the seat belts upside down. Water kept coming into cockpit and for some reason he couldn`t turn over...maybe lost his consciousness. As a result, he drowned. The owners of the house where he use to live were crying for him ...for a long time.

Yesterday we were informed, that at by 14.00 we should fly towards new location : Skomorokhi, that`s near Zhitomir. There was concrete runway. Operation near Vinnitsa and Zhmerinki was about to begin.

6.03.44.
But we didn`t fly to Skomorokhi, weather was really bad. Our airfield turned into the swamp and planes couldn`t take off. Commander of our regiment Tichenko was teaching us how to play new card games.

Molodchikov and Skvrozov flew together in IL2 from Nedri ...on the same day when Soshnikov died. We didn`t hear from them for 4 days. Started to think that they crashed somewhere and died...and here they come walking to Nehvorosch on foot. It turned out that they managed to land in Fastov, but plane was damaged.

Two planes have collided in 91-st regiment during flight to the Skomorokhi airbase. One of IL2`s fell on the airbase and destroyed Yak and Duglas that were parked near landing strip.Two pilots and 1 gunner were lost in that crash. Other gunner was heavily wounded.

Starting from Zhitomir further cases of assault on our soildier and officers are more common. It will probably get worse when we get on territory of Poland. I heard some roomors that residents there are not friendly..."


More to come /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif next weel. Will be on vacation Thursday and Friday...and Sat and Sun /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif . So monday or Tuesday will come out with part 3, ok?

V!

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XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 10:03 PM
I can`t edit this freaking header...what gives... part two is inside guys.

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XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 10:26 PM
"One of our scout planes - PE-2 was looking for german airbase and got lost in the bad weather. Pilot flew his plane to Belaya Zerkov` and dropped his load of bombs on the village...while gunners were shooting at AAA locations. Our LA-5 went for intercept and shot the bomber down. Its crew was lost. A lot of things are happening on the war! "



What happened here? I don`t understand! Did the PE-2 do a friendly fire on the village, so a friendly LA5 was forced to shoot it down? Amazing if I understand right.

Glad he found his belt! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif



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XyZspineZyX
08-20-2003, 10:29 PM
PE-2 was easy to confuse with ME110 when visibility is poor...that would be my conclusion.

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XyZspineZyX
08-21-2003, 07:02 AM
Bump

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XyZspineZyX
08-21-2003, 06:10 PM
Canned_Fire wrote:
- Thanks for the reading. Since I started reading
- this diary I have wondered what was the average
- mission-life expectancy of the IL-2 pilot. Was is
- common to complete say 20 mission? Or was it more
- common to complete only 10 missions? I imagine very
- few and luck pilots completed 80. I understand it
- also depends on the year, but do you have an idea
- how many missions was on average completed by the
- average pilot? How about in FB campaigns when the
- entire flight gets shoot down? Realistic?
- Thanks,

A russian author wrote this:
The average survavibility during the great patriotic war was as follows"
Fighter pilot-64 missions
Bomber pilot-48 missions
Sturmovik pilot-11 missions
Torpedo bomber-3.8 missions(thats less than 4 missions!!!)

the author was told by a witness, that from the 200 people graduating from a boardgunner school, after the war only 1 had survived, losing his leg

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."

XyZspineZyX
10-11-2003, 08:31 AM
Helllo Crazyivan, no more translation of notes 1944???

It is a very good history.

Greetings.

XyZspineZyX
10-11-2003, 08:43 AM
I will translate more, i promise. Don`t let this get lost lol... actually i was looking for this post yesterday. Busy times here /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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"No matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down." Ivan Kozhedub