ICM-48024 1/48 Moskow Air Defence. Soviet AF model kit
An important centre of communications and war industry, Moscow became one of the main targets of the German Supreme Command from the first days of war in the East. Already on June 22, 1941 a Ju.88 reconnaissance aircraft appeared above Moscow. On July, 2 a He.111 of 5/KG53 was shot down by a Soviet Yak-1 fighter.
The first clashes in the Moscow skies showed combat readiness of Moscow air defence. It was formed in thirties on an all-round defence principle havingsome 200 km of depth. The Moscow air defence area that included No.1 Corps and four brigade districts was created on February 14, 1941.
On June 20, 1941 No.6 Fighter Aviation Corps of Air Defence (6 IAK PVO) led by colonel I. Klimov was formed. It included 11 fighter regiments armed with 389 fighters including MiG-3, LaGG-3, Yak-1 types. Fighter regiments 6 IAK were deployed on airfields around of Moscow within the 100 to 120 km range. Before July 22,1941 the number of regiments in 6 IAK was increased to 29, total number of planes reaching 585. Luftwaffe attacks of Moscow begun on July 22, 1941 and happened virtually every night until August 10. Mass attacks by groups of up to and over 100
planes alternated with raids of groups of 50 to 80 bombers, which were in any case successfully repulsed by fighters and an antiaircraft artillery. Before November 7,1941 6 IAK pilots shot down 393 german aircraft. Starting from ovember 1941 the German command abandoned an idea of destoying Moscow from the air. Only single reconnaissance
aircraft were noticed above Moscow afterwards and were often
successfully intercepted by air defence fighters. Moscow air defence aviation inventory comprised, amonth others, the
MiG-3 fighter, later joined by various types of A.Yakovlev fighters, such as the Yak-9 (Yak-7DI), and Spitfire Mk IX that entered service in 1944.
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The model kit includes model kits of the MiG-3 (122 parts), the Yak-7DI (69 parts), Spitfire F.IXC (79 parts) with ilots and ground personnel (96 parts).