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12 IAKP KBF PHOTO ALBUM part 2
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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2 squad commander c-n Petruhin. He was killed 13. nov 1943 on Il cover mission.
This was the first commander of Tikhomirov, and he was lost in a first Tikhomirov's flight. He He had taken part to the Winter war.


Flight crew of 1 squad. Looking at dogfight L-R: St. L-t Susanin, C-n Petruhin, C-n Zeynalov
 


Kerstovo AB. L-R:
Flight technitian Voronin (Extremely strong man he put screws by his fingers so hard, that no one could get it even with screwdriver. He also knew airplane so well, that pilots used to wake him in the middle of the night and ask question about engine for fun. He never missed),
Deputy to the 2 squad commander Petrov,
Flight commander Tikhomirov,
plane technitian Solncev


Pilot Doroshenko. He was killed on 16 Sept.1944 on Il covering mission over the Vyborg gulf. After fight he was sent home due to fuel shortage with an order to fly low. His flight leader ordered him to go over 2000m, where they were spotted and intercepted by FW-190s. The flight leader returned, but this man was shot down.

Adjutant (non flight crew) of 2-nd squadron Kagul AB, 1945

Tikhomirov, deputy to the 2 squad commander , shot from a newspaper 1944 after a fight when V.A. shot down 2 Ju-87
The comment on the image says : "Fighter-Pilot Tikhomirov shot down several enemy planes during liberation of Soviet Baltic republics"


Adjutant, Commander of the squad Aleshin, Deputy commander Provotorov
 
 
 


2nd squad flying crew Tikhomirov with moustache (1944).
Only 6 pilots of this group survived up to June 1945
Last man (no flight uniform) was pilot Chernienko He was famous among other pilots as a hunter and for his passion for motorcycles. He could start a bike on  midnight  in the attic of a pilots barrack.
 


The armored glass behind pilot's head was an option, installed by personal demand. It was not there on new aircraft, but factory made optionals were available in 3 types of glass of different thickness, and 2 bits of metal armor with different shape and thickness, which could be installed by mechs.
 
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