The Lavochkin LA-5

Lavochkin La-5FN ‘White 72’ was equipped with the upgraded M-82FN powerplant. VIA VLADIMIR KOTELNIKOV

As the fighting intensified on the Russian Front between the invading Germans and the Soviet defenders, the VVS (Soviet Air Forces) desperately needed a superior fighter. While there was no doubting the courage and skill of the Russian pilots, the Luftwaffe’s latest versions of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 were proving to be tough opposition in the skies over Russia in 1941. From September 1942 they were joined by an even more potent attacker, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

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