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Wildnoob
05-25-2011, 04:15 PM
Someone can inform me?

WTE_Galway
05-25-2011, 06:54 PM
LL is lend lease ????

M_Gunz
05-26-2011, 12:25 AM
Lend Lease on <a href="http://www.airforce.ru%5B/URL%5D" target="_blank">www.airforce.ru (http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/index.htm)</a>

Interview with Aleksandr Vasylyevich Dudakov (http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/dudakov/dudakov.htm)


By the end of 1941 B-25 Mitchells begun arriving at Monino, and at the beginning of 1942 several instructors were sent for training on them. We came to Monino and started training in new airplanes. We all previously studied German language, but here equipment was American. We made inscriptions with translation. Some instruments were as usual: artificial horizon is artificial horizon everywhere.

Check the instrument panel pictures here. (http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/photogallery/p-40/p-40.htm)

Interview with Yuriy Sergeevich Abramov (http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/abramov/index.htm)


Were the instruments original American? Or had they been changed over to ours?

They were American and they were calibrated in feet. We were young, and we got used to it quite quickly. Three hundred and fifty feet is equal to one hundred meters.


Did your Bostons come equipped with a radiocompass? Or did you use ours?

They were equipped with American ones. We also had American altimeters. They were calibrated in feet. In some planes the instruments were changed over to ours. But we mostly trained to convert feet to meters. It came to us quite quickly. One hundred feet thirty meters.

Those are the references there I can find (in between a good bit of interesting reading) using Edit->Find in this Page.

Maybe the best reference I know is the instrument panel of the 1st P-39 and P-40 in the IL-2 series. They are as used in Russia and I can read the dials! Especially back then it is something they would have gotten correct as the primary market is Russian and there are/were Russian WWII pilots (and Russian historians) who could quickly point out if such a thing was wrong.

Wildnoob
05-27-2011, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by M_Gunz:
Maybe the best reference I know is the instrument panel of the 1st P-39 and P-40 in the IL-2 series. They are as used in Russia and I can read the dials! Especially back then it is something they would have gotten correct as the primary market is Russian and there are/were Russian WWII pilots (and Russian historians) who could quickly point out if such a thing was wrong.

Really. Although maybe not so notable, the Soviets usually removed the wing guns of their P-39s for save weight. And I already read in a pilot interview they doing same in the P-40 B/C as well. Unfortenetely we don't have this option.

Ah, and thanks for the answer Gunz! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif