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XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 07:05 PM
1942 notes are here : http://forums.ubi.com/messages/message_view-topic.asp?name=us_il2sturmovik_gd&id=zcasy



Hey guys, sorry not whole alot this time...but i will post more later..

"2.01.43.
Well, 193 is here. What is it going to bring us? December 31-st brought some great news: captain Sherbakov came back alive!! During the attack AA shell damaged engine on his IL2 and he went for emergency landing. The are where he landed was pretty bad.... After strong impact he lost his consciousness.For Six days we didn`t know anything about him..but now he`s back and in the hospital. So, from five that we lost in the last days of 1942....3 came back.
The weather on the Last day of 1942 was pretty bad and only two wings went on the mission.
Celebration of the new year went rather badly. Most of us got really drunk and nobody danced. All the girls are living in one house, so ammount of people there was great.
Yesterday the weather was bad again, but dispiting that fact our division flied 15 planes on the mission. Clouds are low, only 100m and snowing. My engine died on take off and i had to stay home.
4.01.43.
Bad weather still in effect and we are hoping for 100m clouds ceiling and visibility of - 1-2 kilometers. Sometimes we have to land during a snow storm with visibility up to 500 meters making multiple passes over our 200m in width runway.
Before the war nobody would even think about flying in such conditions.
Konuchov`s engine cought fire on take off and he had to land on the fuselage near airbase. There are a lot of malfunctions. What can we do?! At the factories planes are made by a principle "Let`s go, let`s go!!!". Needless to say that many teenagers are working on production lines.
Poletaev during a landing in the bad weather missed the landing strip and almost flipped over....but got lucky, only bended the prop. Stikov, while landing approach did not see the plane that was taking off and almost at the last second noticed it coming....only miracle saved those two from death...planes passed each other only damaging a wings.
Today i`v met my old friend Deryabin.. i went to school together with him back in Engels. He told me that he was in Finland and completed 20 missions in I-153...but from constant stress he lost his sight and crashed 3 planes because ot it. Now he is a commissioner of a squadron and doesn`t fly anymore.
I`v decided to send Grunia two of my paychecks not through Luberzi, but directly to Asia.
12.01.43.
I didn`t write anything for a long time. Lat 6 days i was absent from home. Since New bad luck was following me. January 1 i interrupted my take off because of the engine failure. Second time - water started to boil on the take off- again, i did not fly. On January 5th i was assigned to the group of 9 or ground attack mission and everything was normal.... But on approach to the target south of Velikie Luki over the german territory my motor started to shake. Sturmovik started losing altitude . I pushed the triggers, dumped all my bombs and turned back towards our territory. My situation was serious. Lower clouds were at only 200 meters...and in addition one of the valves of the cylinder snapped off. Usually things like that resoult fire. Right exhaust was spilling out white smoke and oil was burning. Plane was loosing its speed and altitude.So far i passed 25 kilometers. Sound of the engine was getting worse and worse. I kept looking for the place where i could land my crippled bird...but there was nothing i could lay my eyes on. Hills, gaps, woods. Right before the ground valve cover exploaded and oil covered cockpit...i could not see forvard at all and had to open side window. Plane at this point was out of control... it cought ground with the prop and the wing and went down. Impact was rather strong and i hurt my chest hitting the controls. It was my second landing in the field.. on a fuselage. The first - on the fourth Mission. The second - on 24-th. Speed of my crashlanding was near 200 km / hour. I got out of the cockpit...my hands and legs were shaking. IL2 was completely covered with oil and its fuselage almost broke in the half. Left part of the tail was heavily damaged... And I am alive and in one piece. Few minutes later motorcycle has arrived with other pilot that was shot down. He was attacked by a fighter which shot him down...but ended in the front of his IL2. Our pilots reacted promptly by pressing all triggers and taking a german apart.
Later on car took me to the hospital when some nice nurses gave me some vodka and i fell asleep.I needed some time to recover from impact and shock. Nobody even asked me my documents, just by looking at my cloth they could tell who i really was.
Spend 4 days in the hospital. On 5-th i sent the telegram to my regiment, but for whaever reason they did not receive it. On January 9th has left the village Fedoricha and reached Toropetz by a car. Spent the night there and in the morning jumped on the freight train that was heading to Andreapol. From there i sent another telegram requesting U-2 to pick me up
On January 11 Michailichenko has arrived to pick me up and i was home on the very same evening. He informed me about results of our mission on January 5th, when we attacked Opyxliki. There are regiments have met a storm of AAA fire and later on enemy fighters showed up.From our division 14 planes did not come back home. Some were found later, but more then a half is still missing. Including two of our pilots - Piseev and Konuchov. Piseev was shut down three times before this one.
Where are we going to get use to it? Our friends getting killed every day...like this is the way it has to be...
Two regiments of our divisiong is being pulled back for a break and rearrangements."


More to come...

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


Message Edited on 08/11/0309:29PM by crazyivan1970

XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 07:05 PM
1942 notes are here : http://forums.ubi.com/messages/message_view-topic.asp?name=us_il2sturmovik_gd&id=zcasy



Hey guys, sorry not whole alot this time...but i will post more later..

"2.01.43.
Well, 193 is here. What is it going to bring us? December 31-st brought some great news: captain Sherbakov came back alive!! During the attack AA shell damaged engine on his IL2 and he went for emergency landing. The are where he landed was pretty bad.... After strong impact he lost his consciousness.For Six days we didn`t know anything about him..but now he`s back and in the hospital. So, from five that we lost in the last days of 1942....3 came back.
The weather on the Last day of 1942 was pretty bad and only two wings went on the mission.
Celebration of the new year went rather badly. Most of us got really drunk and nobody danced. All the girls are living in one house, so ammount of people there was great.
Yesterday the weather was bad again, but dispiting that fact our division flied 15 planes on the mission. Clouds are low, only 100m and snowing. My engine died on take off and i had to stay home.
4.01.43.
Bad weather still in effect and we are hoping for 100m clouds ceiling and visibility of - 1-2 kilometers. Sometimes we have to land during a snow storm with visibility up to 500 meters making multiple passes over our 200m in width runway.
Before the war nobody would even think about flying in such conditions.
Konuchov`s engine cought fire on take off and he had to land on the fuselage near airbase. There are a lot of malfunctions. What can we do?! At the factories planes are made by a principle "Let`s go, let`s go!!!". Needless to say that many teenagers are working on production lines.
Poletaev during a landing in the bad weather missed the landing strip and almost flipped over....but got lucky, only bended the prop. Stikov, while landing approach did not see the plane that was taking off and almost at the last second noticed it coming....only miracle saved those two from death...planes passed each other only damaging a wings.
Today i`v met my old friend Deryabin.. i went to school together with him back in Engels. He told me that he was in Finland and completed 20 missions in I-153...but from constant stress he lost his sight and crashed 3 planes because ot it. Now he is a commissioner of a squadron and doesn`t fly anymore.
I`v decided to send Grunia two of my paychecks not through Luberzi, but directly to Asia.
12.01.43.
I didn`t write anything for a long time. Lat 6 days i was absent from home. Since New bad luck was following me. January 1 i interrupted my take off because of the engine failure. Second time - water started to boil on the take off- again, i did not fly. On January 5th i was assigned to the group of 9 or ground attack mission and everything was normal.... But on approach to the target south of Velikie Luki over the german territory my motor started to shake. Sturmovik started losing altitude . I pushed the triggers, dumped all my bombs and turned back towards our territory. My situation was serious. Lower clouds were at only 200 meters...and in addition one of the valves of the cylinder snapped off. Usually things like that resoult fire. Right exhaust was spilling out white smoke and oil was burning. Plane was loosing its speed and altitude.So far i passed 25 kilometers. Sound of the engine was getting worse and worse. I kept looking for the place where i could land my crippled bird...but there was nothing i could lay my eyes on. Hills, gaps, woods. Right before the ground valve cover exploaded and oil covered cockpit...i could not see forvard at all and had to open side window. Plane at this point was out of control... it cought ground with the prop and the wing and went down. Impact was rather strong and i hurt my chest hitting the controls. It was my second landing in the field.. on a fuselage. The first - on the fourth Mission. The second - on 24-th. Speed of my crashlanding was near 200 km / hour. I got out of the cockpit...my hands and legs were shaking. IL2 was completely covered with oil and its fuselage almost broke in the half. Left part of the tail was heavily damaged... And I am alive and in one piece. Few minutes later motorcycle has arrived with other pilot that was shot down. He was attacked by a fighter which shot him down...but ended in the front of his IL2. Our pilots reacted promptly by pressing all triggers and taking a german apart.
Later on car took me to the hospital when some nice nurses gave me some vodka and i fell asleep.I needed some time to recover from impact and shock. Nobody even asked me my documents, just by looking at my cloth they could tell who i really was.
Spend 4 days in the hospital. On 5-th i sent the telegram to my regiment, but for whaever reason they did not receive it. On January 9th has left the village Fedoricha and reached Toropetz by a car. Spent the night there and in the morning jumped on the freight train that was heading to Andreapol. From there i sent another telegram requesting U-2 to pick me up
On January 11 Michailichenko has arrived to pick me up and i was home on the very same evening. He informed me about results of our mission on January 5th, when we attacked Opyxliki. There are regiments have met a storm of AAA fire and later on enemy fighters showed up.From our division 14 planes did not come back home. Some were found later, but more then a half is still missing. Including two of our pilots - Piseev and Konuchov. Piseev was shut down three times before this one.
Where are we going to get use to it? Our friends getting killed every day...like this is the way it has to be...
Two regiments of our divisiong is being pulled back for a break and rearrangements."


More to come...

V!

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


Message Edited on 08/11/0309:29PM by crazyivan1970

XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 07:17 PM
Thx mate.

"Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig enjoys it!"

XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 08:37 PM
Thanks

It's only funny til someone loses an eye....then it's hilarious


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XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 08:48 PM
Keep it up Crazy! Love this stuff.

BV

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XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 09:02 PM
Keep it coming. Am forwarding to friends. Great stuff, thanks.

Tom Bernie

XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 09:11 PM
Thanks CrazyIvan! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-31-2003, 09:16 PM
Great stuff, I love reading it.

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XyZspineZyX
08-01-2003, 04:05 AM
little bump and thanks for kind words mates

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
08-01-2003, 04:58 AM
we should be thankful all those engine failures are not modelled in the game http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


thans Ivan

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XyZspineZyX
08-01-2003, 07:02 AM
Great stuff again! Thanks for sharing!

XyZspineZyX
08-01-2003, 03:42 PM
Little bump, will post more sometime after lunch /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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
08-01-2003, 03:57 PM
Thx Crazy. I almost feel like I know him now.



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XyZspineZyX
08-01-2003, 04:31 PM
JorBR wrote:

- "Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty but
- the pig enjoys it!"


very nice sig /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


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Bavaria is one of the oldest European states.
It dates back to about 500 A.D., when the Roman Empire was overcome by the onslaught of Germanic tribes. According to a widespread theory, the Bavarian tribe had descended from the Romans who remained in the country, the original Celtic population and the Germanic invaders.

Bavarian History : http://www.bayern.de/Bayern/Information/geschichteE.html#kap0

XyZspineZyX
08-01-2003, 05:53 PM
Another good read!
Thx Crazy! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
08-03-2003, 12:39 AM
bump from page 4

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XyZspineZyX
08-03-2003, 12:43 AM
Great stuff, Ivan! I'm really glad that this forum produces historical conversations in addition to the regular IL-2 discussion.

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 06:46 PM
I can`t edit original post...spills out ODBC errors, so please , all new readers, read 1942 first so you will be up to date : http://forums.ubi.com/messages/message_view-topic.asp?name=us_il2sturmovik_gd&id=zcasy


Part 2

15.01.43.
Our regiment was pulled out of the action as well...we are going to get some rest, reform and go back into action. Two remaining squadrons will be rearranged and thried one will be added. Now we back to Rudnikovo, same one that we left 1 month ago. I arrived on U-2 with Cherbakov and we occupied our old apartment in the village Golubki. Everyone is happy to see us, they acceping us like relatives. Maria, dauther of the house owner, is especially happy. Preparing alkohol and all other things because our group will arrive in 2-3 days all we will all gather here. Two other regiments are based in the same neighbourhood. Yesterday we celebrated Old New year at he village. Many girls from whole neighbourhood all dressed up, dancing, laughs, jokes. I laughed and had a good time, but thoughts about my fallen comrads would not let me go.

Wife of Semen Gurtovenko with the child is living in Dzhizak. I guess she already received a package with his belonings... probably crying, but nothing could be done at this point...he`s gone. War is collecting its toll. In the first round Semen was the commander of 3-rd flight, me and Pelevin were under his command. They were lost in action and only me, Shtikov, Cherbakov and Poletaev are still alive.

So, after three rounds (last one near Velikie Luki) there were commander of the regiment Kovshikov, navigator Bochko, commanders of squadrons Shtikov, Cherbakov, me, Smigol, Poletaev. Just 7 of us.

Last mission took place in area of Velikie Luki. And now we are taking a break utill January 28th.
The Captain Shtikov is on the second place by missions flown, right after Poletaev. They have become a very close friends and frequently flew together. 1st lieutenant Shejnin was promoted to the commander of the flight. Michailichenko and Kozlov to senior pilots. Cherbakov wasn`t that lucky....in the first round he only made 3 missions, was wounded and did not fly any more. In the second round he was shot down again. I didn`t have much luck either in last round...flew only 11 missions, while Poletaev flew 20.

Nikolaev already made the lieutenant. Have awarded with an award of Partriotic war , 1st degree.

In Andapol i spend only one day at the hospital. Heard stories of wounded pilots, who were shot down by ME109. Both have jumped out with parachutes from low, only 200 meters altitude..that was the last chance for them to survive. One of the crew landed on a neutral zone and it didn`t take long before germans opened fire and wounded his leg with an explosive bullet, but lucky for him the bone was not touched. The second guy has landed successfully.
First lieutenant told us another story: they were going in group of four when flight of δ-109`s intercepted them. when he looked back, three planes from his flight were gone...and only throwing a plane in the tight turn saved his life. Germans attack in pairs and shoot one after another. They penetrated fuel tank in the back and engine cought fire. He tried to open cockpit, but sliding top was jammed. At this time one of German fighters overshot him and eneded up in the front of burning plane and in the split second pilot managed to aim and fire all arcenal at messersmidt. Nazi went down and our hero crashlanded his plane on the neutral zone, right on the mine field...but didn`t blow up. Sappers have appeared just in time, dragged him out and gave him an award of german pilot that he shot down few minutes ago: an iron cross with swords. It belong to Luftwaffe ace lieutenant Haga Joseph , date of birth. 1921.

Station Opuhliki was protected by great ammount of artillery and fighters, which were taking off from the lake near by. Pilots would sit in the cockpits and wait till IL2`s will show up...and then messershmidts would take off in great numbers, all at once fly up... Our fighters, which sometimes were covering us, were often afraid to go over german territory on low altitude and were coming up with different reason to avoid that.


Just sent nice letter to Grunia, can`t wait for my salary so i could send her some money as well.

22.01.43.
I am bored...nothing to write about... 3rd tour have not started yet, maybe then...
I heard some rumors that command is planning to promote me to the second in command of the squadron.
Sometimes i play cards, or listening music...but mostly i read...finished Chingiz-Chan, Suvorov....tons of newspapers.

I got an offer to go in the recovery center at Torzhok for 10-15 days...maybe not a bad idea.
Our regiment is getting new planes and pilots...instead of those that we lost in action. Third squadron should be added soon and looks like i am going to be a second commander there,. instead of my friend Gurtovenko.

Today we are going to Kuibyshev and will get some new planes. I will go next time, besides i have to stop by Luberzi and leave this note-book.

My dear friend Semen! How offten my fallen friends are coming to my mind. I can`t believe this...Is this possible that so many dead? There is an aviation for you...no wounded...mostly dead.

Recently in a dining room i`v met an engineer Stroganov. He told me that my school mate Sasha Loscutov was killed in action (He flew PE-2). He also told me that two of my other friends were working as instructors on R-5 at Chakalov`s school. But where are they now he did not know.

We all gathered together in the area near Torzhok.

We are not getting paid. I`m already in debt of 1300 rubles. I have to send something to Grunia, she still did not receive my 1900 rubles that i sent previously...probably never will.


It`s been a year since i saw Grunia last time...maybe god will be on my side and i will get a chance to see her again and will give us a chance to test our feelings.

When we were departing from Batali on U-2, sergeant Jakovlev did not warm up the engine before take off...plane chocked and crashed at the end of runway. I remember the same thing happened to me back in Novosibirsk.

Here`s my "route" for the past few weeks: December 10th was in Golubevo; December 27th - in Mashutino; January 6th - near Velikie Luki; January 11th - in €ndeapol and January 19th - again in Golubevo. Where will be my next stop?

23.01.43.
Yesterday, five our pilots received awards: Sheinin, Poletaev, Kozlov, Shmigaland Michalichenko - all got the Red Star. 2nd sergeant Nina Simonenko received a medal " For courage ". Very well deserved medal, she works really hard. Mechanics of the Shtikov`s plane and two other technicians received the same medals. It was the first time when technicians in our regiment were awarded with medals. In the second round i only flew 11 missions... Under Velikie Luki only two, and there many pilots were lost, i guess that`s why i am still alive.

Bochko already made a major. He mastered butt kissing techniques with superiors and it`s like a part of life for him. Pilots have a pretty bad opinion about him. But i have to say that he still flies on the missions, it`s a plus. His principle on the war: move up to ladder faster and away from positions where he has to fly on the missions.

We already not getting paid for 3 months. I had to leave power of attorney to Danilov, so when we get payed he will send money to Grunia. If i didn`t have to send money to her every time...i wouldn`t need salary, there was nowhere to spend it anyway.

Tomorrow we`ll go to Kuibyshev for more planes. That would be out third trip down there.
My dear Grunia! If these diaries will get in your hands, please rewrite them, make a copy and show it to your children. Keep then as a reminder of me. I did not want to cause any trouble for youl, simply was young, silly and inexperienced.

I wrote quiet a lot for one year of war. And only the truth. I just wanted for you to learn something about this war, and, probably someone else will read this.
I am leaving you two photographs of those who already gave their lifes for motherland. Remember us."




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
08-07-2003, 06:47 PM
Thanks tovarich.

Nic

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OK I -->[]

XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 07:43 PM
bump /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.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
08-07-2003, 08:05 PM
Good work, but I recommend replacing Semen with Semyon, for 2 reasons /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 08:35 PM
LOL ianboys...point taken hehehee

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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
08-07-2003, 09:52 PM
Due to the invasion i have to bump again /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
08-07-2003, 10:08 PM
Great, something worth reading.

(and bump /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif )

Message Edited on 08/07/0309:11PM by Kernow

XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 10:10 PM
Yep, must bump to keep above the insanity.

Nice reading.

XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 10:12 PM
over at complete waste of space we have it as a locked sticky so no one can post and corrupt it and it always stays at the top where it belongs. That's just the kind of intelligent people we have running are space.

and a bump for ivan /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 10:30 PM
"are space"???

I bow before your intelligence /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 10:45 PM
ianboys wrote:
- Good work, but I recommend replacing Semen with
- Semyon, for 2 reasons

Hope you did this suggestion to Oleg, in russian campaigns a lot of my squadronmates are Semen, which is a nasty sirprise /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif .


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XyZspineZyX
08-07-2003, 10:51 PM
Boandlgramer wrote:
- very nice sig

Yeah, once I read it I´ve never dogfighted I-16´s /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif !

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XyZspineZyX
08-08-2003, 06:32 AM
bump /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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
08-08-2003, 03:37 PM
Bumpers

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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
08-08-2003, 05:55 PM
Un petit d'un petit ...

bump

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XyZspineZyX
08-08-2003, 08:12 PM
Lemme keep this up top...almost done with part III /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-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

XyZspineZyX
08-08-2003, 08:40 PM
anxiously awaiting part III

**bump**

XyZspineZyX
08-08-2003, 09:46 PM
Ok, here`s part III of 1943. Enjoy /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


part III.


25.01.43.
I am at Luberzi, visiting Zaitseva. From airbase in Kalinin i got here on the open-top truck...almost froze up to death....traveling for almost five hours. In Kalinin i saw a crago train with captured germans..about 300 of them. Funny, there were no guards, germans were so happy to be alive that didn`t even bother to run.

I am sleeping in bed that belonged to Grunia... Third time in Luberzi....i wish Grunia was here...


**Because of idiot Golovanov who didn`t deliver my notes whatever i wrote for almost 6 months disappeared...**



5.02.43. We received a new planes and took off towards Kuibyshevs - Kuznetsk - Morshano - Dyagilevo - Gorochino where we were staying till June. In Gorochino i joined with 671-st assault regiment. General Gromov handed over to us a Guards banner and regiment was renamed into 90-th Guards asault regiment (SAP (Sturmovoi Avia Polk)). Since then I was carrying a badge "Guards" and received 50% raise of my salary.

Thats where i`v met Beregovoi ( future astronaut ) , we were in the same squadron. He was assistant of the commander and i was commander of the flight(4 planes). Georgiy Beregovoi was on the war from the very beginning.
In Rudnikovo Beregovoi almost got killed on landing. When he landed and was taxing down the runway his plane suddenly pointed its nose up. What happened? He looked back: the fuselage detached from the plane all the way to the cockpit . It is still a big mistery to me why it didn`t fall off in flight...because stress on the fuselage is much greater in the air then on the ground.

In Gorochino we were preparing for the next operation, flew in the area of the future offencive, practiced flying in formation, bombed targets, shoot guns and machine guns.
The engine on Bocharoshvili`s plane stopped during one of the practice flight with bombing. He had no other choice but to make crashlanding in the middle thick pine forrest.. plane started snapping off the trees and it`s pilot got thrown out cockpit. Pilot survived with minor bumps and bruises. Armored structures of IL2 once again saved him from death.

1.06.43. We took off from Rudnikovo towards Ryazh. That`s how we were transfered from Kalininskiy front to Stepnoi. Our division is part of the corp that is under command of legenary Kamanin, the rescuer of our heroes - cheljuskintsev.

We were included in structure of reserve front: massive offencive near Kursk was in works. Our regiment consist three squadrons of 10 planes plus the plane of the commander of our regiment and the navigator`s plane. Only 32 planes. In our corp 2 assault divisions (IL-2`s) and one fighter division. In total about 220 planes. In airbase Talovaja we mostly performed various training flights.

26.07.43.
From Tavlova we were relocated under village Svinopogorelovo, that is to the east of Oboyan. Our airbase is a narrow strip between highway and railway. Rather rough. Germans are pushing hard near Belgorod and already advanced to the north on 35 kilometers into our defence.

Once, during flight behind front lines german fighter aattacked Beregovoi`s plane, who was going last and set him on fire. Georgiy flew burning as much as he could...then jumped out with a parachute. He landed on neutral zone between ours and Germans. Our infantry had a hard time during rescue. After returning back to the regiment he gave me a slice of a parachute - for handkerchief.
Prior to Kursk offencive i flew over the battlefield are on U-2 quiet often. Especially near Prokhorovka

3.08.43.
Today massive offencive on Kursk has begun . Our airbase is located in 10 kilometers from the front line. Massive artillery barrage started in the morning...we saw black clouds of a smoke on horizon. This day i spend in the air almost 3 hrs completing 3 missions. In the first mission there was a great ammount of sturmoviks that formed a huge circle around a target and were pounding front german forces. We made two passes. On the next day german defence lines crambled and they started pulling back. We were attacking columns of tanks, trucks, infantry, blowing them out of the woods and ravines. Our squadron commander capt. Rebizov before the war was TB-3 pilot (crew of 5). He never figured out how to navigate in IL - 2, and in one of the flights got us on 20 kilometers into German territory.There we spoted great amount of german armor and infantry. Exellent targets..all we had to do is attack! But he was going further into german territory. Here we got surrounded by black mashrooms - German 76mm shells started exploding near us. Rebizov started to turn towards our territory and our group stretched out. At this time two ME109s appeared behind me...i was leading the last pair of six. Had to turn left under protection of rear gunners of the planes ahead of me.

On the future missions Rebizov was smarted and cheated a bit. When we would fly off the base on the distance of 20-30km he would say on the radio "Georgiy, take a lead" and Beregovoi would lead the group whine Rebizov would fly just a regular pilot.

During our offencive in August i flew 20 combat missions. Great stress! When our ground forces pushed Germans had enough and they started to run many targets became relatively easy for us. We ttacked truck columns, separate cars on the roads. It was necessary destroy retreating infantry, artillery and even tanks. But our weapons are hardly any danger for tanks. Guns, machine guns and rockets are not that much of the problem for them.

German fighters got smarter...when they attack IL2 formations they are considering behavior of our pilots. If group falls apart, someone wonders behind the grop, making unneccessary turns ...basically bemoes nervous...nazis become unstopable, they will plaw their way thru.

16.08.43.
Our new airbase is located on the farm field and we are living in the barns. besides of our 90th Guards on this base located 91-st SAP. It is area Ahtyrki and Bogoduchova germans gathered significant forces, including a lot of planes. German counteroffencive started here. In the morning we got orders to fly deep into german territory and see what`s going on down there. On the approach to the front line we spoted large group of bombers JU-88 that were dropping their bombs on some target from 2500-3000. They dropped the bombs from one pass and started turning home in the very extended formation. Suddenly tracers flew near my plane...i looked around and noticed a bomber which was flying 400m below us.. the gunner was fooling around.

Further we`v met group of JU-87`s that formed a big circle in the target area and were ready for bombing. We opened fire in their direction...scatering them but nobody was shut down. The resolts of our flight were passed over to command and later on group of 6 planes was ready for take off. As per our regiment commander Beregovoi was leading them. One our later only two planes out of those 6 returned home. They were attacked by fighters, obviously experts and that cost us lifes of 4 pilots and 3 gunner. One of the gunners on those 4 planes survived.

An IL2 od second lieutenant Balabanova got hit and set on fire...he managed to crashland but could not open canopy, one of the shells jammed it. Has was burned alive. Rebizov was killed with his gunner along with two other crews.
Beregovoi is aftraid of fighters more then of AAA...while me is complete opposite.

Half an hour later commander of the 2nd squadron from 91`st SAP led group of six on the mission. He made a mistake and they end up near german airfield where all of them got shot down. Only 1 out of 6 planes..with the dead gunner, burning...managed to land on our territory. I saw pilot at the hospital. All burned up...his face was like scary black mask.

As a sad result.. 10 planes and 18 people from two regiments (90th, 91st) were lost because of mistakes of our leaders.

2.11.43.
After a short break our next objective is Ukrain. Our command is preparing a plan for attack and taking over the capital of Ukrain...Kiev. We had some training missions along with the combat ones. Today weather was pretty bad but our regiment managed to complete 22 missions. I flew two missions. There are already 55 on my record.
When IL2 came to service it was planed to award their pilots for 30 combat missions with Gold Star - Hero Of Soviet Union. But later it was increased to 80 mission... well...with Kamanin(corp commander) we will never get awarded...even for 200.

In the second mission we lost Michael Masunin. The first flight of six was under command of Kuzin... second - under mine. Michael was to the right and behind me. before take off he was very excited that he will be in this flight. We approached target at low altitude - 300 meters. Everything that could fire...was firing at us. Right in the target area above the Dnepr (river) the termite shell hit the oil cooler on his plane and whole IL2 was set on fire and flipped over. Some pilots saw that both crew member jumped out.. one of them was burning. That was the last time anyone seen them...more likely they died. Bad luck is following our squadron.

Germans forcefully transported entire population of village -300 people to Germany...as a work force . That`s where we live now...empty.

October 30th...finally i received a letter from my father. Donbass was free and my parents started to live somewhat normally....but my sister was taken to Germany as a work force. my poor Polina...

3.11.43.
Today we were successfull, missions accomplished and everyone is alive. Fight for Kiev has begun.
Today i flew once on the Dnepr (river), also our regiment completed 3 missions to the north of Kiev. Saw the city under my plane, and some of our guys flew really low over Krechatik (main blvd. in Kiev). Nazis are crying from our IL2`s! We sure giving them hell! Antiaircraft artillery is not hitting us...i guess we finally figure out how to manuver and avoid AAA fire.

Our leading group was intersepted by FW190`s and following group by ME-109s. One of ours was shut down but managed to make it home. Sergei Koreshkov, he was POW and broke out....came back recently and it was his first mission. Good thing that he made it home on the crippled plane.

One pilot...an idiot...forgot to release the gear on landing and landed on fusulage....but other then that it was a good day.

Today our regiment flew 50 missions...lost 2 planes but everybody is alive. . It`s gonna be a hot day at work tomorrow. Our armies have advanced to Kiev, massive offencive on the right coast of Dnepr.

4.11.43.
The weather is horrible...we grounded. But our ground forces are still advancing.

5.11.43.
Our regiment only flew 4 missions today... The weather is still very bad. Thick clouds at 400-600 meters. On the second mission we spend about 10 minutes over german territory. Because of intensive AAA fire i had to climb back in the clouds quiet often. Besides that FW190 tried to attack me 4 times. Later on i counted 5 bullet holes. I heard that gunner Ananiev , one that jumped out of the burning IL2, managed to shoot down ME109.

We lost one pilot in this mission... Nereba. Also one of LA-5`s that was covering us was shot down by AAA fire and plunged into the ground on their side.

Germans are runing from Kiev, there are a lot of cars, trucks and tanks on the roads leading to Zhitomir.
Whole city is on fire. Our tanks completely surrounded germans and within 1 or 2 days Kiev will be ours!
On the last mission for today we could only gather 5 planes...other 24 are either damaged or just not ready to fly. But even with this small group we gave germans alot of headaches....they were running pretty good.

7.11.43.
I couldn`t write anything yesterday...was kind of drunk and went to bed at 11pm.

And on November 6th couple of interesting events. First, Anatoly Balandin returned to his 92-nd Guards Regiment... alive, healthy and already scheduled on the mission.. He was shot down and jumped out near Kharkov on the German side. Anatoliy escaped german troops...but his gunner was captured. Balandin is a good man, very young, but laready has more than 90 combat missions. A record in our division. People were saying that we will be awarded with a Gold Star very soon.

And second, in the morning we were informed that Kiev was taken by Red Army!

From now on our division is renamed to " 4th Kiev`s Guards assault aviation division". In 91-st Guards on November 5th in one mission 4 crews were lost. On the way back home they were attacked by german fighters.

Even that we tought that we are going to be here for a while....looks like pretty soon our regiments will fly off closer to front lines.
I`v received an official message "Thank you letter) from the commander of our regiment ... the occasion is upcoming holiday of October Revolution. He also notified me that documents for awarding me with the Red Banner were sent out.

And another big pleasure..Second Lt. Skvorzov came back from captivity. He was shot down near Belgorod on August 8th. He landed on a parachute right on the German AAA unit. And 3 months later he returned.

Skvorzov was captued with his gunner and together they were taken to Kharkov and from there by plane to Dnepropetrovsk. Twice he was called in for interrogations. Nobody beat him up or anything like that...just were asking to fly on their side...he refused. Rather die or be POW then that. Russian officers were not forced to work. Later, 60 soviet pilots were shipped by cargo train to Germany. Near Krivoi Rog or Dolinskiy in the middle of the night Svorzov have managed to open the window - hatch and jump off the moving train. There were other adventures on his way to the regiment.

People were saying that germans use to drop bunch of paper from the planes that were saying: " Russian pilots deserve bacon, and AAA gunners - just a straw ".


More to come on Monday...until then...Ya all ahve a wonderfull weekend!!! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-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

XyZspineZyX
08-08-2003, 11:39 PM
crazyivan1970 wrote:
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- But our weapons are hardly
- any danger for tanks. Guns, machine guns and rockets
- are not that much of the problem for them.
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Interesting post for those "P-47s can kill tigers" guys /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


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08-09-2003, 12:44 AM
-hobnail wrote:

- crazyivan1970 wrote:
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-- But our weapons are hardly
-- any danger for tanks. Guns, machine guns and rockets
-- are not that much of the problem for them.
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- Interesting post for those "P-47s can kill tigers"
- guys



I noticed this also /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

But I wonder what size cannon is on his plane now?

No1RAAF_Pourshot

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 12:54 AM
Very interesting reading.. keep them coming /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 03:45 AM
pourshot wrote:

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- But I wonder what size cannon is on his plane now?

23mm mate

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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 04:16 AM
So what size cannon was big enough on the il2 to kill the tigers?

I know that the english used the 40mm with succes in the desert and Burma ( against light jap tanks)

No1RAAF_Pourshot

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 05:24 AM
He did not mentioned that...but i suspect that 23mm in the motor section...or a rocket could destroy a tiger...and Bomb of course.
Acutally russians used containers with flammable fluids that would fry any tank if it hits it. That was effective.

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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 09:48 AM
and thermite rockets (M-13) and PTABs were effective.

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XyZspineZyX
08-10-2003, 06:42 AM
*SLAP*


interesting...


16.08.43.
- Beregovoi is aftraid of fighters more then of AAA...
- while me is complete opposite.

3.11.43.
- Antiaircraft artillery is not hitting us...i guess we
- finally figure out how to manuver and avoid AAA fire.

XyZspineZyX
08-10-2003, 08:56 AM
Yes, it would make me uncomfortable to know that on my next mission I would lead while Semen covered me...

XyZspineZyX
08-10-2003, 08:58 AM
Oh, and thanks, Ivan. Good read.

XyZspineZyX
08-10-2003, 06:42 PM
Im sure bombs, and rockets were effective IRL, and those 23mm cannons too, but problem is how to hit with them.. I believe some memoirs if pilots saying that shooting rockets were kinda hard and they were fired in salvos too.. and AA was real danger, so they tried to attack with one pass using their ammunition.. probably not easy to hit armor, when you gotta fear for fighters and flak all the time.. Not to mention how hard it would be to hit with bombs /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Besides in battle of Kursk there were lot of heavy german tanks.. probably pretty immune to even rockets, and 23 mm cannons.. Destroying tanks in FB is way too easy IMHO.. esspecially for IL-2..

And Nice storys.. keep 'em coming /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Message Edited on 08/10/0307:42PM by Vipez-

XyZspineZyX
08-11-2003, 07:15 PM
Allow me to bump for part4 which will be out in couple of hours /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-11-2003, 09:34 PM
Here`s part 4 for your attention. Enjoy your read.

V!

9.11.43.
Yesterday we arrnaged a little celebration. We found some home-made vodka and whole squadron took a good shot at it before dinner. Later on during the evening hours we were granted with 200gr of vodka. Half of my normal doze. I had no choice but add some home-made one into the mix. But even with all this drinking we never had a case of drunk pilots taking off on the missions. We are careful. War ruins people in many ways. God, how much vodka and other home made alkohol i already consumed!

Pilot of 92nd regiment, Konstantin Piseev was lost in action today. German shell hit his plane and IL2 plunged into the ground. Konstantin was an old fighter, He was at war since Rzhev. And now his live has ended...near Kiev.
We haven`t heard anything about Monahin and Netrebe for a while. Probably they were killed. If thry are...it means our squadron already lost 9 pilots. From an "Old crew" only me, Beregovoi and Pryazhennikov remained alive.

11.11.43.
Yesterday i received letter from Grunia...poor thing, she was sick for a while now. Obviously having a hard time to get by, had to sell he watch. But she is so silly, still did not give me an address. I cannot send any money to her. There were times when i was sending 2000 roubles anywhere, hoping that they will find her. For some reason she did not want to accept my help.

Today i saw pretty good movie - " National avengers ".
Monahin came back yesterday, alive. . Engine on his IL2 died near Kiev and he made an attempt to land near Brovari (to the east of Kiev , approx. 20 km), but couldn`t make it there...instead crashed into the woods. Plane was destroyed and pilot got some injuries, but still alive.
Rear gunner Chelokov was wounded when they were in the air...bullet went thru his neck. Monachin asked him to jump out over Kiev ..but Chelokov couldn`t move. When they crashed into the woods he received a brain concussion and died.

Yesterday, one of our newcomers..Molodchikov was showing off on landing ...but forgot to release chassis on time and belly landed plane.. damaging it.
Saw my old friend Kozlov. He was shot down near Belgorod and lost his left eye. We gave each other a hug. Whatever happened to Netrebe is still unknown.
On November 2nd i sent my parents 3000 roubles in cash and money order on another 1500 roubles.

13.11.43.

Yesterday our ground forces took over Zhitomir. That meant that our offencive got into german lines of defence on approximately 140 kms deep.

Our commanders are going on vacation...but it doesn`t mean that us,regular soldiers will get the same privelege.
The day before yesterday i sent Grunia a letter three pages long. Kind of rude, oh well: it will work better on her.
Had to glasses of vodka at night..hmm no impact on me... i guess i became very strong where it comes to vodka.. it doensn`t have as much infulence on me...which is rather scary.

16.11.43.
Received a letter from my dad. He notified me that my brother Grigoriy is still alive and well.
Yesterday i flew only one mission because of weather. Clouds at 400-500 meters. It was a tough flight, i left target area hiding in the clouds. On the way back flew over Kiev, it was a pleasure to see that city is coming to life...saw some flea-markets being open.
Today 92-nd regiement lost 2 pilots...Bobrov and Sevrchkov. The were flying alone. Sverchkov - a very skilled pilot and i am wondering what could happened to him? I guess he was attacked by FW190`s.

The day before yesterday one of the technicians forgot to remove the pillow on Bedzhiev`s plane from the tunnel that leads to the water radiator. The engine started to overheat in flight and steam filled up the cockpit. Bdezhiev dropped the bombs and began to search for our airbase. Because of the steam he couldn`t see anything and landed in the field...as a result..plane was destroyed.

From our regiment only 6 planes could take off on the mission...others were in repairs

25.11.43.
The day before yesterday i visited 92-nd GSAP I flew with them entire year. It was their second anniversary. Celebration went well, but not as good as ours. The main purpose of my visit was to meet my comrades. Now Michailichenko who was under my command near Rzhev and was sergeant back then became the assistant to the commander of the squadron... instead of fallen Piseev.

On November 22nd Kovalenko was killed: his plane was set on fire and he crashed into the ground. I heard that his gunner Samilin managed to jump out over our territory. Their losses increased lately.

Saw Shtikov, our "Dad".. my tutor: already made the major (about time!), he is a navigator of 92nd GSAP. We had a good , warm conversation.

Poletaev started to lose respect. That`s he`s own fault...shoudn`t be kissing superiors butts as much and forget who he really is .

Sharaya was shot down by enemy fighters: landed on our territory safe..but without his gunner (Lapshin). Where did he go? Maybe bailed out?

Germans took Zhitomir back and started advancing on Kiev. I heard that german command allocated 600 planes and about 1000 tanks for counter-offencive

I am looking at the photograph of Shtikov`s squadron from 1942 ...Kalininskiy front. From 10 ppl on the photo (8 pilots, komissar and the engineer) only three survived.
Currently we are not flying..our airbase is a mess...mud and water. Autumn in Ukraine is bad for the aircraft. On this day i completed 64 missions.

There is no letters coming my way..not much to do..except having a drink.

Pilot Soshnin attempting to land in the field with gear down but flipped over and ended up hanging off the safety belts... choked to death.

3.12.43.
First snow at night... i guess winter has began. Since November 22nd and untill now we did not fly. Bad weather, muddy. Germans pushed our dvisions all the way to Kiev. Now our main destination is to stop german offencive.

There are two guys from Spain in the regiment that covers our regiment: Prieto and Uribe. They are from the group that arrived to us in 1937. They are awarded not once...and already touht our pilots how to sing and speak some spanish. When everybody gets drunk in the evening, they usually begin to sing.

Recently i finished reading a book wirtten by Pisemskiy.. 750 pages. Good, realistic stuff about life in general and a life of landowners and peasants back in imperial times. Also reading read magazine "Banner", 200 pages.
Still no letter from anybody else but my dad . Life here is boring. No entertainment in any kind. Before the dinner we usually drink home-made vodka.

Tomorrow we are planning a celebration dinner in honour of "Day Of Constitution" . Only pilots will be there, nobody else.

Pretty soon we will be all gathered together at the conference of our division and fighters regiment. I will see my boys. I really miss them. Friendship on the war is very strong. And all pilots among themselves are close as relatives. They all hate those who`s riding on their shoulders. Suffering makes people closer then ever.

In battalions of the airfield services, for example, you can meet healthy as bulls men, they all got "married" and they "are at war". Pilots are calling them freeloaders...right in the face. Consider, each commander BAO (battalions of the airfield services) has PPZ (wife for period of war). **** Cant translate that one... tough one LOL ****

9.12.43.
December 5th, is the Day of Constitution. Our regiments along with fighters regiment all gathered together for "officers only" evening. From us - me, from others - major Veselov were organizers of this event. Everything went well, without fights and scandals.

The Former navigator of our regiment major Zinoviev became the commander of 91-st Guards SAP, and lieutenant colonel Levadnyj is appointed the post of assistant to the commander of 264-th division. Zinoviev got lucky : he never had any positions below the navigator in our regiment, meaning he didn`t have to fly as much. Even that he had less then 30 fighting starts - was always afraid of missions. The navigator of our regiment will be captain Kuzin and commander of 1-st squadron - Koreshkov.

The weather is still pretty bad. Germans fly "by one" - hunters and throw bombs with the delayed detonators.

Yesterday i flew in pair with Korsakov. Dropped our bombs on german trenches and tanks. The cloud height was no more than 250 meters.We took off from airbase in Nedra and attacked german postions south east of Fastov . Koreshkov and Soshnikov were the second wing in that flight.
Germans pushing our armies from the south, and now they started to advance from the west towards Kiev, only 60km left to the capital of Ukrain.

Yesterday my rear gunner Marushkin was awarded with the orden "Patriotic War, II degree", earlier he was awarded with "Red Star". Am going to receive an award too, third one.

10.12.43.
Today the weather finally improved. Our regiment flew two missions. I was flying the second one. First group was led by the commander of my squadron Beregovoi. After attack he lowered the throttle hoping that his group will catch up, but they overshot him and he ended up far behind this flight. FW190`s didn`t waint long and ambushed him...lucky for Beregovoi he escaped alive...i can say almost in 1 piece: German fighter punched the hole in the wheel and damaged the chassis. Our fighter cover tight up FW`s and Beregovoi flew away from the battle. The commander of the fighter squadron lost his wingman (One of Spanish boys) and soon was shot down.He attempted to land in the field but 2 FW`s were following him and probably finished him off. What a pity, Granichkin such a good guy, He was at war for a long time. Was he really lost?

Today one of the young pilots almost rammed my plane - it was his first combat mission.

It happened! Strelchenko went on the mission drunk...was shot down and killed.

11.12.43.
Today we flew 2 missions, target: Grebenki. I was leading the flight of 4 in the morning. Near the target at the height of 200m we were attacked by 2 FW`s..Looks like they were sitting on reserved airfield waiting for us. Fw`s approched from behind low and strted firing at the last two planes. One lost piece of eleron and part of the rudder.Also rear gunner was wounded in a leg . Pilot Koligin promptly went under my plane and came up in the front of me. Averyanov who was behind me to the right took heavy beating as well by second fighter, rear gunner Sentebov was wounded. He started to turn towards clouds , but FW cought up with him and badly damaged fusulage on his IL2. To tell the truth, he was really close to death...hanging by hair...but came back home and landed. That was 5th mission for Averyanov.

12.12.43.
68-th mission. First time i am leading the group of 6 by myself. Six crews, 12 lives. Flew over Gribenki fighting with german fighters. I am experiancing the most unpleasant feelings all the way to the moment where we turn back home, to our territory. On approach to the target i am even more afraid of their fighters. Complete opposite on the way back. That`s where i am experiancing rage of the fight...especially if german fighter appears in the front of my plane.

The weather was clear, all the way up to front lines but enemy territory under clouds at 400-500 meters. I led my group above the clouds in the target area. Thickness of the layer - 100-200 meters. Bomb load 100 kg, with instant detonators. Minimum altitude where we can release this bombs is 300m. Above Gribenki i went thru the clouds and dropped my "cargo", made few passes shooting infantry and houses. Reserved airfield where germans keep their fighters is 5-7km to the north of Gribenki...almost every group of IL2`s has been intercepted. Today we flew right over it. Fighters were taking off and attacking us right away. Some of them didn`t have time to bring up the gear. IL2 on my left was attacked twice. Both wheels were shot to pieces. My right assistant Kolomiyzev has moved forward. ME-109 got on his tail and opened fire. Right at this moment i opened fire from all available weapons. German broke off to the left. German AAA opened a fire trying to defend their fighter. I avoided it and kept following that ME-109 firing short bursts at him while he was making short turns. Messer made a sharp left turn and got down close to the ground...i`m right behind him and shooting again and again.. I think i wasted like 100 cannon round and about 1000 bullets. But Germans are not fools, he`s not letting me to get into comfortable position. But i must say that we gave a scare. Showed them what me made of. It`s not an easy task for IL2 to compete with the fighter. They are twice as fast and much more maneuverable. Some of the IL2s that i came across required a big effort to control, due to its age and constant damage. Infantry got out of their trenches and was observing all this roller coaster.

91-st regiment orginized 16 planes to attack Belaya Zerkov with 10 fighters to cover them. 3 planes did not return.

Still no news about Granichkin. Not an easy task for fighters to cover Sturmovik. They are all tight... their maneuvering abilities during flight are extremely limited, they have to cover at all costs. They are attached to us and taking heavy losses."


More to come tomorrow...or should i take a break for the "PATCH TIME" /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif



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XyZspineZyX
08-11-2003, 09:47 PM
More, more. I LOVE this stuff.

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08-11-2003, 09:50 PM
they are excellent.... you stop and I dont help over messenger any more....deal ? /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-11-2003, 10:26 PM
No deal! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 12:25 AM
Bumpity.

Good stuff!

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 04:44 AM
up to page 1 /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 06:16 PM
I know ya all busy with a patch and stuff..but i`ll keep it near the top...part 5 is in works.

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XyZspineZyX
08-12-2003, 07:41 PM
thanks for your efforts CrazyIvan. Don't get TOO distracted by the patch, mind!



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XyZspineZyX
08-13-2003, 06:00 PM
Lat part of 1943

"13.12.43.
Yesterday we lost another 4 fighters. 91st Regiment flew 2 missions to attack germans near Belaya Zerkov. Everything that was moving on the roads near by was a subject to our attacks. Il-2`s were attacking separetely, not in groups and that was all that german fighters needed. All the way till now mostly regular pilots were getting killed...but lately our commanders were taking a turn. Yesterday group of Sturmoviks led by squadron commander Fillipov took of from our airbase.Later on during that mission he got carried away chasing FW-189 and lost his group. He did not return. Fillipov was at war from day 1 and already completed more than 200 mission on different types of planes ...on IL-2 - more than 80. Documents for his promotion were sent out in August. He didn`t live to see it. What a stupid, unneccessary lost!

And today the navigator of 91-st regiment major Rulev was lost under even more stupid circumstances. He was lost and during landing eneded coming from opposite side of the runway in low-level flight. The weather bad and visibility limited. At the very same time the other pilot came in for landing from the right approach. They`v met on opposite courses and tried to break off without any speed left. One managed to get ahold on the plane...but Rulev did not make it...fell on the ground and burned.

Today we have a day off. I was reading a book all day "Youth of Matvei", 250 pages a very good read.

We received a winter uniforms. Worse then last year. Shortage of supply.

14.12.43.
Yesterday we lost Boris Mayorov from 91st. AAA shell shredded his plane and neaither of the crew had time to jump out. Boris was at war since Rzhev.
Xabarov did not return from the mission...

Today i led the group on Vinnitsa Stavi. On the approach over german territory 4 "FW`s" showed up. They not have time to attack us, so jumped on our fighter escort instead. One of ours was shot down.

Nikolay Alferiev did not reach airbase by only 30-40 kilometers...crashed..

And yesterday Egor Kaligin crashed near Vasilkovo. Engine stopped.

Alot of our comrades fought and died in Gribenki area..area of Belaya Zerkov and south-east of Kiev. Why are they keep sending us to those areas? There is no war on the ground there. Nobody is advancing.

Fighter regiment that covers us has lost 8 pilots in 6 days.

15.12.43.
From the mission near Belaya Zerkov did not return first lieutenant Shejnin, Gorbachev, Kostjunin -my former student in Balashovskaya School. Yesterday we lost another fighter. Our division from 96 planes accounts for 30 now. We will receive new planes soon...fresh blood is needed.

21.12.43.
Two groups of eight took off on Belaya Zerkov. They were accompanied by 12 fighters. I didn`t take long before Germans showed up. Three of our fighters were brought down: our spanish pilot -Antonio Uribe, Monahin and the commander of the flight Petrenko. All of them were killed. From the close support fighter wing only Stroganov came back....1 out of 4. When his wing was attacked ...the other 8 fighters that had cover IL2`s were nowhere in sight. Prieto, other spanish pilot was crying for his fallen countryman.

Today i`v received a letter from my brother. I can`t believe that he`s going back to the front lines after the hospital...wounded twice already...

Sotnikov, commissioner of our regiment, said that very soon I willl be promoted to commander of a squadron instead of Fedulov, who went on some military courses.

24.12.43.
Everybody is "Pleased": documents were send for the award of Red Banner, but instead command sent us an orden of "Patriotic war", second degree.Eveyone is upset. All those morons are sitting far away from the fight and making a mess. They should try to do some flying, maybe that was they would learn what it takes to earn then award.
Yesterday we watched the movie "Two soldiers". Did not like it...pathetic attempt to reproduce Great Patriotic War.
Some of our pilots are resting after hospital, far away from action. Today or tomorrow they should be back at the base.

27.12.43.
We hard rumors of our relocation in Borispol area for a long time. But something was preventing it...either airfield was too busy...or weather did not allow. And today we`v been transfered to Zhuliani...it`s the central airbase in Kiev.

Tow regiments of our division will be based here and other two - in Vasilkovo. It is very close to the front lines, less than 20 kilometers. I am sure that germans will bother us alot.

Our guys have arrived from recovery center. There was a hospital in there as well. Saw many crippled pilots. There was about 100 of them at the hospital.
We have a new gunner...a girl from fighters regiment. First girl in our regiment. Other regiments had girls as a gunners for a while now.

Yesterday saw the movie "Big Life".

In Zhuliani we are not flying due to bad weather. All of us are hoping that our regiment will not be relocated before the New Year. We`v been here for more than two months, got use to this place. We slowly adjust to normal life. Movies or dancing every evening. Not like before...boredom.
Sometimes i`m thinking of Raya. It`s been a long time since i`v been with women. No letters are coming my way.

I still don`t know if my father received a money order that i sent to him at Donbass...for 3000 rubles.

Beskrovni came back to our lines after 4 months of recovery. Gunner Simakov is back too..he`s the one who climbed out of the burning plane under Ahtirka on August 20th...was badly burned, but still ..came back.

31.12.43.
We are living in suburb of Kiev, Village Pervomaiskaya. I live in apartment. Besides there are many free houses in the area. On air station Zhuliani alseo based the regiment of air deffence: two squadrons.. one women, the other one men. They are flying 24/7. Yesterday i spoke to the assistant of the commander of the squadron.They look like real pilots.. knew how to drink vodka and swear.

Soviet offencive to the west and a southwest of Kiev began successfully. Our planes stuck in Zhiliani because of the weather. Ground war is going on without aircraft.
Yesterday me and Beregovoi went to Kiev. Walked around for more then four hours. From big building there were only walls left, enormous piles of bricks, wood and bended beams. On central street of Kiev - Krechatik - only couple of houses are still intact.

Not many locals around either....
Found a small shop that had lemonade and cakes.I can`t recall when i had such a great food and drink last time! Too bad we didn`t have enough money to pay.When we heard how much we owned...couldn`t believe it... 200 roubles! But didn`t show our shock...too old for that. Beregovoi left his 5000 roubles personal savings book there until today...then went and payed it off."

Ok folks..this is the end of 1943

Will post 1944 when Patch storm settles down LOL


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