By Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved, Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson
That includes first-hand money owed from veteran pilots, infrequent archival photos and specialist research, this quantity brings to lifestyles the vicious dogfights that happened among the Bf 109 and the Yak as they vied for mastery of the frozen skies of the japanese Front.
Step into the cockpit of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the purple Air Force's Yaks 1-7, opponents that have been inquisitive about many of the greatest, fiercest aerial battles in historical past. the enduring Messerschmitt fighter and its wrestle hardened pilots administered a apprehensive drubbing to the Yaks at the start of the struggle. a number of the optimum scoring aces in heritage benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the obese and underpowered Yak 1, racking up excellent successes opposed to their poorly educated and built adversaries. And but, because the Soviets gathered wrestle event, their strategies greater, as did their mounts within the upgraded Yak 1B and progressively, the purple strength eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies within the japanese entrance, even though with the 109G they'd by no means lose qualitative superiority.
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Engine life had to be conserved en route for future fighting at the front. Massive pilot losses forced the Soviet command to speed up sending the young replacements to the front. The pilots’ training now consisted primarily of elementary takeoffs and landings, which were refined until these actions were automatic – all other elements were considered secondary. As a result, young pilots with eight to ten hours of flying time in a combat aircraft, sometimes in a completely different type (Yaks were not supplied to training units until late 1942), were sent to units in the frontline regiments.
Secondly, the frontline air forces were replaced by newly formed Air Armies – massive aviation units that were in some ways analogous to the German Luftflotten. Thirdly, the VVS-KA was quickly supplied with new aircraft. For example, by 1 May 1942 there were already 386 Yak fighters serving with frontline detachments. Unfortunately, simultaneously with the reformation of the VVS-KA, a massive new German assault was launched in the southern sector of the Soviet–German frontline, and this had serious consequences.
Com Bf 109F-5 and F-6 According to some sources the limited-production F-5 was a reconnaissance aircraft, but other historians state that it was a high-altitude fighter with a GM-1 supercharger system. These differences might be explained by rebuilds during repair. As for the F-6, the absence of any data regarding production and combat losses leads one to think that it was never in production. com Bf 109F CANNON The Bf 109F’s principal weapon was an engine-mounted automatic cannon – the 20mm MG FF/M in the F-1, the 15mm Mauser MG 151/15 in the F-2 and the 20mm MG 151/20 in the definitive F-4 (depicted here).