Lend-Lease And Soviet Aviation In The Second World War

Vladimir Kotelnikov

Publication date:
December 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
b/w photos, plans, 32pp colour profiles
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ISBN : 9781911512264

Dimensions : 245 X 170 mm
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• The most detailed examination of Lend-Lease aviation yet published in English

Exhaustively researched from Russian sources

Looks at how the planes performed in operations from Moscow, to Berlin and Manchuria

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and colour profiles

Seventy years have passed since the Second World War yet the books and articles still keep coming in a never-ending stream discussing the question of what role the deliveries of arms and materials by Soviet allies played in the victory of the Red Army. In Russia, the American Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter along with the Studebaker US6 truck and canned stewed meat became the symbols of Allied help to the USSR during the Second World War. Other aircraft which arrived to the country under the Lend-Lease program are less known but also made a valuable contribution to the victory.

The author of this book for the first time has assembled a huge volume of information related to the delivery of aviation equipment from UK and USA. Based on documents from Russian and foreign archives, museums, and veterans' recollections, the author has made a qualitative and quantitative appraisal of the influence of these deliveries upon the Soviet war effort and airpower during the conflict. The book details the routes of the aircraft deliveries to Russia, the modifications which were done in order to suit the demands of the Russian climate and specifics of their front-line use, as well as the process of the new aircraft being mastered by the units of the Red Army Air Force. The first foreign aircraft arrived in the Soviet Union with No. 151 Wing RAF in 1941, and their use expanded rapidly - they took part in the counteroffensive near Moscow, the battles for Stalingrad and the Kursk salient, and operations of the war up to the battle for Berlin and the capitulation of Japanese forces in the North China.

The author includes the results of the combat assessments of the aircraft, which were done at the Scientific Testing Institute of the Air Force, as well as reports from front-line regiments, and multiple combat episodes, detailing the views of the Soviet designers and pilots on the British and American aircraft.

A separate chapter provides information about the aircraft which were not officially delivered but appeared in the Soviet Union accidentally. For the first time an attempt has been made to assess the influence of the deliveries of material and equipment upon the Soviet aviation industry and war effort. The author's impressive text is supported by nearly 700 colour and b/w photographs, 100 colour aircraft profiles, plus maps, charts etc.


Close to 700 photos feature…their subject matter is fascinating, including a shot of USAAF B-29 42-6256 that landed at Tsentralnaya Uglovaya in July 1944.
Aeroplane Magazine

This is surely the most comprehensive study of the topic published in English to date.
Air Modeller

If you have no other book on Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union then this will be a rewarding purchase.
The Catalina News

This book is an impressive work and is an essential, unbiased and comprehensive historical document of a subject often referred too, but largely misunderstood.
Classic Wings