World War 2 photos – The captured Yak-1B fighter from the Soviet squadron commander of the 148th Fighter Regiment Leonid Smirnov at a German airfield.
From the report of May 6, 1943:
“Captain Smirnov Leonid Dmitrievich, 1913, a native of Kharkov, commander of 148 IAP, did not return from a combat mission to cover his troops in the Neberdzhaevskaya district by a Yak-1 plane. On the account had 7 + 4 downed enemy aircraft.
The whole four of them disappeared – Smirnov, Dronov, Tsirikov, Sviridov. “
On board the Yak-1B aircraft (on the other side) is the inscription: “To Stalin’s falcon Smirnov Leonid from the workers of the Frunzensky district of the city of Saratov.”
Date of the photo: May 1943