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MiG-3s wrecked and captured by Germans (2nd part)
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This exceptional color photo shows two MiG-3s captured by Germans at Reichlin air base, where all captured Russian aircrafts were tested.
Note hand painted black cross over the red star, and the differences in the colour of metal (forward) and wooden (rear) part of the fuselage.
The light of the sunfall alters the shades, but the colors should be green and light blue.
Note the blue tint of the windscreen and canopy.

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Two exceptional color photos of a destroyed MiG-3.
The small size of the star and the apparently uniform green  painting are typical of MiG-3s on early days of the war.
The apparently sand color should be the yellow primer, visible on wood surfaces when the painted fabric layer has been removed.
The image apparenly demonstrates that the color of undercarriages and flaps was the same light blue used on undersurfaces, and that the wheel disk was bottle green.
A straight propeller blade visible on the first photo could mean that the aircraft was hit on the ground, not on landing or takeoff.

A beautiful profile image of an unmarked MiG-3 captured bu Germans.

An abandoned MiG-3 with the typical look of pre-war aircrafts.
The ground appears partially covered by snow or frost and leaves, so the image has to be taken many months after the capture of this place.

Copyright Jan Koennig.
Please see his photo gallery of Soviet aircrafts at

The protection of some trees wasn't sufficient to save this aircraft from being captured, and some other close ones from total destruction.
On most Soviet airports, Soviet leaved the aircrafts uncamouflaged and aligned on the ground, and this easened the task of German attack planes.

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Two shots of a partially destroyed aircraft on an airport captured by Germans. This aircraft belonged to 38 PAE (Air Recognition  Regiment) from PVO (Home Air Defence) of Moscow. 
Noteworty are the non-standard camouflage, reparations with fabric rectangles, and forward-pointed red star.

Two shots of a MiG-3 captured by the Rumanians.
A Ukrainian defector flew this MiG-3 to Melitopol airfield on 3 December 1941, surrounding to Rumanian troops. 

photo from Migi Stalina (restored)

The photos look to show the aircraft both as green and as camouflaged; perhaps the scheme was modified during the aircraft's life in Rumanian hands.

An image of a MiG-3 fuselage captured and loaded on a train . 
The white outline on the tail star only is noteworty. 
The camouflage shows an unusually low demarcation line, probably repainted on the field.
This looks shoot in late summer 1941 or even 1942.

Copyright Jan Koennig.
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This captured MiG-3 looks to have a repainting on its stabilizer that could cover a "7".
Photo copyright Jan van den Heuvel

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