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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2010 5:18 p.m. PST

Did the Russians use red stars as victory symbols on their fighter aircraft?


See some images towards the bottom.

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2010 6:08 p.m. PST

Either that, or Ivan got credit for shotting down lots of his comrades.

I've always liked the P-39, and kind of thought it got a raw deal. With a superhcharger, it might have been a contender.


SSgt Carl Inactive Member09 May 2010 8:08 p.m. PST

The markings on those p39s are almost certainly ground attack. I don't know off the top of my head whether they are for missions (like bomb symbols on U.S. planes) or individual kills, but my guess would be that they denote individual ground attack kills (tanks, trucks and so on)

Mainly28s Inactive Member09 May 2010 11:44 p.m. PST

I believe the Soviets had something against marking their equipment with enemy markings, so their kills were marked with Soviet markings rather than enemy insignia, as was common with the Germans, who showed roundels, stars or stars-n-bars to distinguish the nationalities of their kills.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2010 7:48 a.m. PST

Yes, they used red stars.

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