Profile 01: Tomahawk MkIIB '58' White, winter camouflage made with white paint daubed over the British camouflage. Flown by A.S. Kholobystov, 147th lAP, Murmansk, Soviet Union, winter 1941-42.
Planes and Pilots: Curtiss P40 Vol 3 From 1939 to 1945.
[I believe the book has the group wrong I have labeled the Profile as per the book but Russian sources listed below seem more reliable...firstname.lastname@example.org]
Photo's Hawk 81A USSR 20GvlAP White 58 A.S. Kholobystov Russia winter 1941 01
Photo 01:The Comissar (politycal officer) of the 20th GIAP greets A. Khlobystov after his successful return from a sortie during which he ramed two enemy aircraft. Note the wing damage. The picture is dated 8 April 1942, Murmashi airfiled, Karelian Front Photo CSAKFD via author.
Hawk 81A USSR 20GvlAP White 58 A.S. Kholobystov Russia winter 1941 02
A photo of P40C 58 from 20GvIAP after a Taran (intentional air collision to bring down another aircraft – often fatal). Note the 58 is in the same style as the '53'. These marking type were often individual to each unit. (Carl Guest)
Hawk 81A USSR 126GvIAP St.Lt. AI Smirnov exRAF AH966 1942 00
Profile 01: P-40C Tomahawk 126GvIAP St.Lt. AI Smirnov exRAF AH966 1942. Was involved in the 'Battle for Moscow'.
Profile 01: P-40C Tomahawk 126GvIAP Capt. S. G. Ridny exRAF AH965 winter 1941-42
Photo's: Hawk 81A USSR 126GvIAP S. G. Ridny exRAF AH965 winter 1941-42 01-02
Photo 01-02: Tomahawk II (AH965) of the 126 IAP flown by Lt. S.G. Ridnyi, Moscow area, December 1941
Photo 01: P-40C Tomahawk USSR 126GvIAP exRAF 1942 01 Photo CSAKFD via author.
Hero of the Soviet Union Jr Lt S.G. Ridny
The 126th IAP was re-equipped with the P-40E in May 1942. Located in the deep rear after the Germans' retreat, it combined its training on the Kittyhawk with its air defense mission of Moscow and environs in the quiet situation until the end of August. At the end of August it was also tasked to provide escort to government aircraft flying along the route from Moscow to Arzamas to Kuybyshev.
Subsequently the regiment was transferred to a more dangerous sector of the front-near Stalingrad. The 126th IAP, formed on TOE 015/174, but having a total of 18 aircraft (NN 818-821, 830, 841, 842, 844, 979, 1014, 1018, 1027-32, and 1104 ) and 50 percent of its maintenance personnel strength, arrived at the 268th Fighter Air Division (IAD) on 28 August and was stationed at the Solodovka airfield.
The intensity of the aerial combat here was so fierce that even the experienced and well-trained regiment was burned up like a match in this hell in just a week. It was not so bad at first - on 29 August the pilots shot down a Bf-109, Ju-88, and FW-189 at the cost of a single P-40E; on 30 August-5 Bf-109Fs and 5 He-111s with the loss of 3 P-40Es; on the 31st-10 Bf-109Fs, 1 He-111, and 1 Ju-87 for 2 destroyed and 2 damaged P-40Es. But the crossover came on 5 September - it cost 4 Kittyhawks (two destroyed in combat and two in a mid-air collision) for 2 Bf-109Fs and 1 Ju-88. The regiment commander, Major V. M. Naydenko, was shot down and seriously wounded on this day. The four surviving aircraft were assigned to combat patrol over their own airfield.
The regiment flew a total of 194 aircraft sorties by 13 September 1942, all of which (rare occasion!) were combat sorties that involved engagement with the enemy. The greater share (163 combat sorties) was to escort Il-2 Sturmovik’s. The pilots of 126 IAP conducted 29 group and 24 individual aerial engagements in which 36 enemy aircraft were destroyed (23 Bf-109F, 6 He-111, 3 Ju-88, 1 Bf-110, 1 Ju-87, 1 Hs-123, and 1 FW-189). The regiment lost 13 aircraft, 7 pilots did not return from combat missions, and 5 were wounded. After withdrawal to the rear on 18 September 1942, 126 IAP was re-equipped with the La-5 and subsequently fought only in Soviet-manufactured aircraft.
Government activities and foreign representations had been evacuated from Moscow to Kuybyshev in 1941.
Obviously these are factory numbers because they do not correspond to either USAF or RAF serial numbers.
Murmansk Russia Map
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