thank you. Was the YAD fighters used during this time? How did they differ from the MIGs?The Soviet air force in WWII was called the VVS. The bombing of German cities was mostly an RAF/Commonwealth and USAAF thing although some Soviet aircraft did raid Berlin in August '41. After Operation Barbarossa a lot of the aircraft that the USSR fielded like the Polikarpovs and the early MIgs were decimated by the Luftwaffe. I imagine light/medium bombers like the Pe-2 and Tu-2 were used in the close air support role supporting ground troops as was the Il-2 tank-busting aircraft. The VVS got more up to date fighters like the kind Ivan Kozhedub(the highest scoring allied flying ace) flew and was able to successfully take on the Luftwaffe. Also many Usaaf aircraft were supplied to the USSR by the Americans over the Alaska-Siberian air ferry route. The majority of Luftwaffe losses were against the western allies.
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Do you mean Yakovlevs (YAK)? I assume you do so yes there were several different YAKs, model 3, 7 and the YAK 9 was the last version made in those times. They were comparable to MIGs and Lavochkins such as the LAGG-5. The Soviet airforce was not that great, it suffered from the usual logistical, command and control challenges and the fact that while they had some very good pilots there was not a lot of them. An experienced pilot flew his plane until he died. When this happened his knowledge and experience was lost with him and younger pilots would not gain any benefit from him. In the US airforce it was different, after so many missions a pilot was put to training other younger pilots and passing on his experience to them. The Soviet airforce was mainly meant for ground support of the army and towards the end of the war was very good at it. The cluster bomb was invented by the Soviets. The also made high explosive bombs with 4ft steel pipes screwed into the nose. What this does is cause the bomb to detonate above the ground (about chest height) greatly increasing the lethality of the bomb blast.thank you. Was the YAD fighters used during this time? How did they differ from the MIGs?
I take it you mean Yak, and yes the Yak fighters were used during this time period. The Yak 1 and Yak 7 were on par and slightly better than the MIGs. The later Yaks especially the Yak 9 were fairly good and could match the Luftwaffe's ME 109 and FW 190. This is based off of a WWII aircraft book that I've got.thank you. Was the YAD fighters used during this time? How did they differ from the MIGs?
Yes, and Luftwaffe also just literally means air force, but if I say Luftwaffe when speaking English I think everybody and their dog knows who is being referred to.This BBC transliteration VVS simply means Air Forces literal translation Military Air Forces. One must specify to what country these Air Forces belong, in this case ВВС СССР, BBC Cоветского Cоюза etc / Soviet Air Forces, because this acronym is used by other countries.