P-39 Airacobra of F. Z. Lepelenko, 211 giap, 23 giad

by Michal Sekula

September 16, 2019

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Here is Cobra flown by Feres Zakharovich Lepelenko from 211 giap of 23 giad. This Cobra is interesting by its white front part of the propeller spinner, which nicely complements blue spinners from 21 giap and red spinners from 69 giad, all from 23 giad.

The photo from the left side shows incomplete inscription Za Vasju Ba... So I decided to make profile from the other – right side.

Update Sep 25, 2019:
According to the info about 9 iap /211 giap at https://www.proza.ru/2019/01/15/1334 , particularly according to the List of Loses Vasily Ivanovich Belyaev, Guard Senior Lieutenant, Squadron commander of the 9th Fighter Aviation Regiment (awarded by two orders of the Red Banner, 11 personal victories) was shot down on his P-39 Aircobra by enemy anti-aircraft artillery in July 16, 1944.
So the inscription on Lepelenko's Cobra White 10 could be " ?? ???? ??????? " , e.g. For Vasya Belaev .


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