World War II: Soviet Air Forces

P-39 Airacobra of Soviet ace Ivan Gaidaenko, the Airacobra was not well received by the Americans, and the British, who wanted a fighter that could operate well at high altitude, but the lack of a supercharger on the P-39 meant it couldn’t perform well at high altitudes, however this wasn’t a problem on eastern front in the Soviet union, where most air engagements took place at lower altitudes where the P-39 performed well, that along with its heavy armament (Consisting of a 37mm cannon and dual 50s in the nose and either 4 30s in the wings or another pair of 50s) meant it was well received by Soviet pilots.

U.S. and Soviet pilots show off bombs at Poltava Air Base destined for Axis targets during Operation Frantic. Operation Frantic was a series of seven shuttle bombing operations during the war conducted by American aircraft based in the U.K. and Southern Italy which then landed at three Soviet airfields in Ukraine. In February 1944, the field was provided to the United States Army Air Forces by the Soviet Union as a heavy bomber staging field, used by the U.S. Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces for shuttle bombing missions. The operation began in June 1944 and ended in September 1944. Poltava, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union. June 1944.

Soviet Sukhoi Su-2 pilots and navigator crewmen of the 210th Bomber Regiment rest and brace themselves against the autumn chill on a haystack near a village airfield during Operation Barbarossa (German: Unternehmen Barbarossa), the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, which began on 22 June 1941. Budenovka, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union. October 1941.