Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the Second World War

Vladimir Kotelnikov

Seventy years have passed since the Second World War, yet the books and articles still keep coming in a never-ending stream - discussing the question of what role the deliveries of arms and materials by Soviet allies played in the victory of the Red Army. The author of this book - for the first time - has assembled a huge volume of information rela
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
profusely illustrated with b/w photos, plans, 32pp color profiles
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Overview
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Seventy years have passed since the Second World War yet the books and articles still keep coming in a never-ending stream discussing the question of what role the deliveries of arms and materials by Soviet allies played in the victory of the Red Army. In Russia, the American Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter along with the Studebaker US6 truck and canned stewed meat became the symbols of Allied help to the USSR during the Second World War. Other aircraft which arrived to the country under the Lend-Lease program are less known but also made a valuable contribution to the victory. The author of this book for the first time has assembled a huge volume of information related to the delivery of aviation equipment from UK and USA. Based on documents from Russian and foreign archives, museums, and veterans' recollections, the author has made a qualitative and quantitative appraisal of the influence of these deliveries upon the Soviet war effort and airpower during the conflict. The book details the routes of the aircraft deliveries to Russia, the modifications which were done in order to suit the demands of the Russian climate and specifics of their front-line use, as well as the process of the new aircraft being mastered by the units of the Red Army Air Force.  The first foreign aircraft arrived in the Soviet Union with No. 151 Wing RAF in 1941, and their use expanded rapidly - they took part in the counteroffensive near Moscow, the battles for Stalingrad and the Kursk salient, and operations of the war up to the battle for Berlin and the capitulation of Japanese forces in the North China. The author includes the results of the combat assessments of the aircraft, which were done at the Scientific Testing Institute of the Air Force, as well as reports from front-line regiments, and multiple combat episodes, detailing the views of the Soviet designers and pilots on the British and American aircraft. A separate chapter provides information about the aircraft which were not officially delivered but appeared in the Soviet Union accidentally. For the first time an attempt has been made to assess the influence of the deliveries of material and equipment upon the Soviet aviation industry and war effort. The author’s impressive text is supported by nearly 700 colour and b/w photographs, 100 colour aircraft profiles, plus maps, charts etc.

About The Author
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Vladimir Kotelnikov was born in Moscow on 9 December 1951. He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (University) in 1975 and was engaged in research and development in the area of high-temperature strength. Vladimir defended the academic degree of the Candidate of Science in 1981 and read lectures on aircraft piston engine design at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

Since the 1980s Kotelnikov has conducted archive research on the history of Russian aviation of the inter-war and WWII period. In addition, he has paid specific attention to the history of foreign aircraft testing and operations in Russia. As the result of his work he published several hundred articles and dozens of books in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and US, among them - Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation, Americans in Russia, Russian Piston Aero Engines, Early Russian Jet Engines, Air War Over Khalkhin Gol, Le Petlyakov Pe-2 and others. Being an aviation historian, he received a diploma as a professor of the Academy of Aviation and Aeronautics Science and currently acts as a consultant on piston aero engine design to Russian aviation museums as well as to different aircraft restoration groups.

Since 2003 Vladimir has held the post of an editor of the Aviakollektsiya aviation history magazine, published in Moscow.

REVIEWS
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“Close to 700 photos feature…their subject matter is fascinating, including a shot of USAAF B-29 42-6256 that landed at Tsentralnaya Uglovaya in July 1944.”

- Aeroplane Monthly

“I can't muster enough superlatives to praise this supremely informative, admirably balanced study. It's worth every penny, pence, and Pfennig you have. And it enjoys my strongest recommendation.”

- Cybermodeler

“This is surely the most comprehensive study of the topic published in English to date.”

- Air Modeller

“If you have no other book on Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union then this will be a rewarding purchase.”

- The Catalina News

“This book is an impressive work and is an essential, unbiased and comprehensive historical document of a subject often referred too, but largely misunderstood.”

- Classic Wings

“I can't muster enough superlatives to praise this supremely informative, admirably balanced study. It's worth every penny, pence, and Pfennig you have. And it enjoys my strongest recommendation.”

- Cybermodeller

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