Yak-1b, P.M. Chuvilev, 427 iap, 294 iad

By Michal Sekula

Updated on April 10, 2020

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Pavel Maximovich Captain Chuvilev was born on November 26, 1917. He participated in fights of Great Patriotic War since June 1941 within 20 iap. From 1942 until August 1943 Squadron Leader in 427 iap. Latter until February 1944 he served in 177 giap. His total score during GPW was 9 individual and 4 shared victories.
By order of the commander of the corps the Group Sword was created from the best pilots from the regiment, P.M. Chuvilev included, under command of Major M.I. Zotov. Planes of the Group Sword had characteristic red front fuselage.
White vertical stripes on the fuselage of the planes appeared in August, when “Fritz” appeared on the front – German pilot flying on the captured Yak. To distinguish Fritz from friendly planes was not easy. So such stripes - codes were painted on all aircrafts of this division, although each regiment did it in its own way. An order was to shoot down a plane without white stripes. More info at http://airaces.narod.ru/all10/chuvelyv.htm.

Yak-1b of Cpt. P.M. Chuvilev, Sokolniky airfield, Kharkov area, August 1943,

The plane is camouflaged in standard blue green AMT-4 and black on the upper surfaces and light blue AMT-7 on the under surfaces according to the NKAP order from the summer 1941.
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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