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Captured Il-2 [N 1]

The Ilyushin Il-2 was the main attack aircraft of the Soviet Union and her allies in Eastern Europe during and after WW2. During the Second World War, Germans captured no less than 100 Soviet Il-2 planes. They were never used (even for training purposes) because they had very poor technical data and pilotage capabilities. German were surprised why planes so poorly built as the Il-2 was produced and used in such large numbers. Using German standards this plane never could be used by Luftwaffe. Not only were the Germans disappointed, but also Hungarian and Finnish pilots. Those planes were used as ground targets and as trophy exhibited in main cities. Probably one plane was exhibited in Aviation Museum in Berlin.[2]

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  1. The plane is of early 1941 type, with metal wings of 1941; it is unclear if the rear fuselage was metallic or wooden. The gunsight seems removed, the tank behind the pilot's seat seems of the 'tall' type.[1]

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