By George Mellinger
The Yak-1 entered Soviet carrier in 1941, considered one of 3 glossy different types of plane authorized for creation simply ahead of the German invasion of the USSR. regardless of preliminary shortcomings, it quickly proved to be the thoroughbred of the Soviet Airforce. certainly, it remained in creation until eventually the tip of the conflict, modernized yet essentially recognizable. through VE-day approximately 33,100 Yakovlev combatants were equipped. nearly all Soviet fighter regiments flew at the least one number of Yak for a time, together with these which received their status pointed out with different airplane, and therefore many pilots often called Airacobra or Lavochkin aces additionally scored victories with the Yak. Many different recognized aces have been completely ‘Yak patriots’, together with the French Normandie pilots. This booklet specializes in the Soviet aces who scored all, or such a lot in their victories within the Yak, drawing informaion from legit unit histories and memoirs of the Soviet pilots themselves.
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Whilst these walls seem to be almost insurmountable, the mountains fall away very gently on the western side. Only about a dozen small mountain passes allow a crossing from east to west. All these passes are very narrow, a few of them, such as the Pas de la Ville, only a few metres wide. Hence the passes can be reached only by steep footpaths; roads or bridle paths did not and still do not exist. Only a few tiny roads wind along the slopes at the bottom of the walls, passing through a handful of modest mountain villages.
However, initially the support was almost negligible. Only two minor drops occurred on 13–14 June near La Chapelle, followed by another on 25 June. Owing to the short hours of darkness in summer, the RAF had only a very small time slot available for aircraft starting in the UK to carry out night drops into Southern France. This changed when the USAAF decided in July to fly day drops. The Maquis had designated seven different drop zones on the plateau. The two largest were permanently manned, with one situated near Vassieux (‘TailleCrayon’) for planes coming from Algiers and the other near La Chapelle (‘Rayon’) for flights from the United Kingdom.
Le Ray hoped to hold the plateau for four to five days against the German forces. Montagnard remained the operational plan for the Maquis, even after Le Ray’s departure. Fantastic ideas circulated in the heads of some French planners, such as the landing of an entire airborne division on the plateau. com Alain Le Ray (1910–2007) was a key leader of the Resistance in the Alps. He was responsible for the military aspect of the ill-fated Plan Montagnard. He was also the first military commander in the Vercors, after which he became commander of the FFI forces in Isère in spring 1944.
Yakovlev Aces of World War 2 by George Mellinger