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MiG-3 Aces of World War 2

MiG-3 Aces of World War 2 by Dmitriy Khazanov
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Created by ex-Polikarpov designers Ivanovic Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich, the MiG-1/3 family of fighters was built to satisfy a Soviet Air Force requirement for an advanced, fast, high altitude fighter. Entering service in the spring of 1941, no fewer than 917 MiG-3s had reached frontline units by the time Germany launched Operation Barbarossa on 22 June 1941. Many of these machines were destroyed on the ground in the opening hours of the invasion. Nevertheless, enough examples survived to allow pilots to claim a number of victories on the type. Indeed, early missions resulted in 35 aerial victories being claimed by MiG-3 pilots in the first eight days of the Great Patriotic War. MiG-3 regiments proved themselves to be the most combat-ready fighter units on the Northwestern Front, and by the end of 1941 more than 30 pilots had 'made ace' flying the fighter. In 1942 MiG-3 pilots actively participated in the defence of Leningrad, Moscow, Odessa, Kiev and Sevastopol, with still more aviators becoming aces as the year progressed. Stalin terminated MiG-3 production in October 1941, although the fighter remained in frontline service in large numbers, especially with Naval regiments, until mid-1942.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; May 2013
ISBN 9781780960296
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Title: MiG-3 Aces of World War 2
Author: Dmitriy Khazanov; Andrey Yurgenson

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