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Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra  Ah ,the much maligned P-39!  It was "meat on the table" for Japanese pilots ,primarily at Guadalcanal ,due to it's lack of high altitude characteristics and lack of sufficient oxygen equipment.  However it excelled in low altitude strafing runs as used by the Soviets.

Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra Ah ,the much maligned P-39! It was "meat on the table" for Japanese pilots ,primarily at Guadalcanal ,due to it's lack of high altitude characteristics and lack of sufficient oxygen equipment. However it excelled in low altitude strafing runs as used by the Soviets.

pokryshkin | September 1944. Pokryshkin in the cockpit of Rechkalov's P-39N S/N: 42 ...

pokryshkin | September 1944. Pokryshkin in the cockpit of Rechkalov's P-39N S/N: 42 ...

Soviet P-39Q Airacobra on display at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland. The airplane was shot down by Finnish forces during the Second World War, and repainted in the original paint scheme by the museum.

Soviet P-39Q Airacobra on display at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland. The airplane was shot down by Finnish forces during the Second World War, and repainted in the original paint scheme by the museum.

Miss Lend-Lease, designated White 23 when it flew for the Soviet Air Force, emerges from Lake Mart-Yavr, Russia, along the Arctic Circle. The initial ditching was successful but the aircraft eventually broke through the still thin ice in November 1944.

Miss Lend-Lease, designated White 23 when it flew for the Soviet Air Force, emerges from Lake Mart-Yavr, Russia, along the Arctic Circle. The initial ditching was successful but the aircraft eventually broke through the still thin ice in November 1944.

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