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12 IAKP KBF PHOTO ALBUM part 1
research by Oleg Korytov  All photos are courtesy of Naval Academy Museum, St-Petersburg 
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Updated on August 10, 2006
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Mechanics Efimov, Voronin, Alexandrov, Trahtenberg, Leznikov, Solncev. On the background, a Yak-7.
Solnzev was Tikhomirov's mech for the final part of the war.
Trakhtenberg was killed when he got hit by a rotating propeller.
Image colorized by Massimo Tessitori
 

Ss: Technical crew of 2-nd squad, 4-th from left adjutant Gerzenstein.
The last man sitting is the mechanic who was sent to penalty squad after that his pilot stole an I-16 and deflected to Germans.
 


Flying crew of 1-st squad.
6-th man from the left is Mikhail Pomorov.
 

Regiment commander captain Belyaev.  He wears a standard green uniform.
 
 


Deputy of the regiment commander Klimenko, HSU, former a Sturmovik pilot, was retrained as a fighter pilot, but was very rarely in the skies.
He was mainly an administration worker, though  a very good one.
His medals:
on the left – 1 000 000 km in the air(GVF symbol), guards symbol, red star order;
on the right – golden star, order of Lenin, 2 red banners.
 


Rossikhin of 3rd squadron. Being a great pilot, with a few kills on his account, he was greatly demanded by Il pilots as cover since he was among the safest fighter coverers in the regiment.
 
 


Mechs prepare an aircraft for battle.
Yaks were painted matt steel-gray, red stars on fuselage and tailfin without outlining. Numbers mostly white. (main Tikhomirov's planes were n.12, 21, 75).
The belly was either very lightly gray, or sky blue.
 
 


Some pilots after ceremony for receiving of a fighter “Red Osetia” by HSU Klimenko.

Note that pilots wear naval uniform, which is black with brass buttons. The man on the left is a correspondant.
 


Sitting: Deputy commander of 9th ShAD colonel Rakov, Deputy of IAP commander Belyaev, Commander of 2 squad Alimpiev.
Commanding officers of naval aviation also wore black uniforms.
 


White spinner was a symbol of 2 squadron, while 1st sq. had red spinners and 3rd Sq. had sky blue spinners.
L-R ?Cant translate?, Engineer captain Knysh, Squad commander c-n Aleshin, Commander of IAP Lt-col Volochnev, Political chief m-r Belyaev, CoS Lt-Col Umanskii


2squad. Pilot Shishikin was killed in July 1944 on a reconnaissance mission.
This pilot was sent with Barsukov for reconnaissance mission over an enemy airfield. When Tikhomirov took off as a covering flight leader his engine blew, so he had to make forced landing. His wingman landed as well. Remaining covering pair lost the recce flight in the clouds, and its pilots never returned.
 
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