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Author Topic: Gloster Gladiator  (Read 2894 times)
mbittner
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« on: July 01, 2014, 03:55:53 AM »

One of the recent Print Scale sheets has markings for a Russian Gloster Gladiator. Does anyone know of pictures for this one? TIA!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 05:13:51 AM »

Hmm, not good ones.

this might help
http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/gladiator_soviet.htm

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When Soviet occupied the Baltic States in July 1940 it also took over the aircraft used by these countries. Among the aircraft were around 20 Gladiators from the Latvian Air Force and 12 from the Lithuanian Air Force.

Five Latvian Gladiators were stored at Krustpils while the rest were dispersed at various airfields around the country at the time of the occupation. The aircraft of the Latvian Air Force were taken over by the Red Air Force and used in the training role. Subsequently they were repainted in Russian markings.

Twelve Lithuanian Gladiators were found but two of them were in need of repair.
In collaboration with the Red Army the 29th Territorial Army Corps was formed in Lithuania in the autumn of 1940. This unit possessed its own air component, the Tautine eskadrilia, which was equipped with 9 ANBO-41 and 3 ANBO-51. This unit also operated a few Gladiators. The Tautine eskadrilia was under the command of Maj. J. Kowas and based at Pluonija near Ukmerge.

During the German invasion of Russia the Tauine eskadrilia operated for a few days against the advancing German Army. As a result of heavy raids most of the Lithuanian Air Force was destroyed on the ground although a few Lithuanian Gladiators were captured intact at Schaulen airfield and sent to Germany and Langendiebach in 1942. The majority of the ex-Latvian Gladiators was captured intact at Krustpils. A few were destroyed during a bombing raid but the precise number is not known.



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A Russian Gladiator among other damaged and destroyed Russian aircraft.
from Barbarossa Victims ?

generally thought they retained the basic Latvian or Lithuanian camouflage with the national markings painted out and red stars added, though don't know of any proof.

this thread on Latvian Gladiators may help,
http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951983-latvian-gladiator-khakiolive/

the Lithuanian planes seem to have had aluminium doped fuselages.

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T

the Printscale sheet shows a captured Latvian plane, note retained number and fin shield. Note the undersides were aluminium dope not sky grey


compare


see - http://latvianaviation.com/Gladiator.html
has many photos
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 03:50:40 PM »

Hi Matt, Hi Troy,
there are four photos and one drawing on the same page, after the Lithuanian ones.



http://latvianaviation.com/Images/AP%20Gladiator16.jpg
http://latvianaviation.com/Images/AP%20Gladiator10.jpg
http://latvianaviation.com/Images/AP%20Gladiator11.jpg
http://latvianaviation.com/Images/AP%20Gladiator17.jpg

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Massimo
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KL
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 07:17:06 PM »

Shaulai airfield:

















Krustpils airfield





HTH,
KL
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