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Eskadrilya Valeriy Chkalov 
LaGG-3 NS-37 n.14
By Massimo Tessitori
File updated on October 25, 2005
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Image from "Fighter LaGG" of series "Aviakolekciya"
 

This Lagg-3 with NS-37 37 mm gun was probably photographed in spring 1943; it shows vaguely the number 14 (better visible when darkening the scan) and the inscription that should be "Ot Kolkhoznikov i kolkhoznits Gorkovskoy oblasti" ; other images reportedly exist, showing the left side with the white-red slogan "Eskadrilya Valeriy Chkalow", the black outlined star, the number 14 and the pilot. Both the unit and the pilot's name are not known. The white bands on the tail top, the spinner, the prob blades tips and roots are rare for this type.

 

On the port side, there was written an inscription "Eskadrilya Valeriy Chkalov" in white and red.
The writing "Ot Kolkhoznikov i kolkhoznits Gorkovskoy oblasti" (From the Collective-workmen and Collective-workwomen of the Gorky region) is well documented on images of La-5s.

 
The camo scheme is supposed to be fully standard.

 
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