Yak-1, Y.Z. Slepenkov, 21 iap VVS KBF
By Michal Sekula
Updated on April 10, 2020
Yakov Zakharovich Slepenkov was born in November 1910. He participated in
Soviet-Finland war in 1939-1940. He participated in the fights of the Great
Patriotic War since June 1940 in the rank of Captain. He was commander of the
21 iap KBF sice April 1942. He was awarded Hero of the Soviet Union in February
22, 1943 after he achieved 13 individual and 5 shared victories. Other sources
give only 9 individual victories.
Yak-1 plane of Yakov Zakharovich Slepenkov from 21 iap VVS KBF photographed during the winter 1942/43 in overall white camouflage on the upper surfaces:
According to the NKAP order the matt white paint had to be applied in the very thin layer allowing original black/green camouflage to shine through it rather than giving the overall homogenous white painting.
The picture in the full resolution should be published in the book Soviet Fighters of the Second World War by Jason Nicholas Moore.
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