DB-3F red 11

Updated on May 20, 2012
back to VVS research index
back to DB-3/Il-4 index


Drawing by Tapani Tuomanen


This DB-3F was captured by Germans during the operation Barbarossa at Bobruisk, and belonged to one of the regiments of 3 BAK.

It wears the aluminium livery utilized up to the spring of 1940 (AE-8 oil paint on metallic surfaces, AII aluminium nitro paint on the fabric-covered tail surfaces); according to the prewar standard, it has six black-outlined red stars on the fuselage sides, wings uppersurfaces and undersurfaces. The number 11 seems red as the stars, even if some sources has interpreted it as yellow and appears lighter than the stars on one of the photos below.

The plane is characterized by the bulged cowlings for M-87B engines with short exhaust pipes, MV-3 turret with 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, and by the glazing behind the canopy that was charactteristic of the planes produced up to the mid of 1941; besides it has a large tail wheel hood with a wide shoe.