German middle two-engine bomber Heinkel He-111, shot down by a ram from Alexei Sevastyanov in the sky over Leningrad.
November 4, 1941, Junior Lieutenant Sevastyanov on an I-153 plane patrolled on the outskirts of Leningrad. At about 10 pm, a raid of enemy aviation began on the city. Despite the fire of antiaircraft artillery, one Heinkel He-111 bomber managed to break through to Leningrad. In two unsuccessful attacks on the bomber Sevastyanov spent all ammunition. In order not to miss the enemy, the pilot cut off his fighter’s propeller by cutting off the tail of the bomber. Then Sevastyanov left the damaged fighter and landed on a parachute. The bomber Heinkel He.111 fell in the area of the Taurian Garden (his tail fins were stored for a long time in the museum of the history of Leningrad). The crew members who were saved by parachute were taken prisoner. The fallen fighter Sevastyanov was found in Baskov Lane and restored by the specialists of the 1st repair battalion.
Place of photo: Leningrad
Date of the photo: November 1941