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Strange numbers
44 IAP's LaGG-3s
By Massimo Tessitori
File updated on January 21, 2010
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Many images of late 1941 shows LaGG-3s of 44 IAP, Leningrad area, and are said to be taken on one session.
All these aircrafts have some interesting characteristics in common:
  • the characteristic style of numbers;
  • the lack of fuselage star;
  • the characteristic striped camouflage, differing little from aircraft to aircraft; 
  • the white spinner (excluding the rear plate, black);
  • being of early production (series 1/2/3). 
Image from Red Stars n.1

Here is a general drawing of one representative aircraft.


 
 
These aircraft were of very early production. 

Right:
Note the oval shape of the wingroot supercharger intakes, well different from the rectangular shape of mid production aircraft.
Image from Lagg-3 in action
 

Left: 
plane n.42 and her pilot, probably of the 44 IAP.


Let's see the single aircrafts more in detail. Click on the links to view a page with larger drawings and comments on each aircraft.
 
14

20

22

25

35

44

red
35

 
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