War Master WMAPF009 Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 Fighter - Alexander Pokryshkin, 16th Guards Fighter Regiment, Eastern Front, March 1942 (1:72 Scale)
"I aimed at the first bomber and gave him a short burst. I couldn't miss, I was so close that the air current from his propeller shook my plane. I broke off to the right and started climbing over the bombers. From above I saw - red stars on the wing surfaces!"
- Russian ace Alexander Pokryshkin
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 was a Soviet fighter aircraft used during World War II. It was a development of the MiG-1 by the OKO (opytno-konstrooktorskiy otdel Experimental Design Department) of Zavod (Factory) No. 1 to remedy problems that had been found during the MiG-1's development and operations. It replaced the MiG-1 on the production line at Factory No. 1 on 20 December 1940 and was built in large numbers during 1941 before Factory No. 1 was converted to build the Ilyushin Il-2.
On June 22nd, 1941, at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, some 981 were in service with the VVS, the PVO and Naval Aviation. The MiG-3 was difficult to fly in peacetime and much more so in combat. It had been designed for high-altitude combat but combat over the Eastern Front was generally at lower altitudes where it was inferior to the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 as well as most modern Soviet fighters. It was also pressed into service as a fighter-bomber during the autumn of 1941 but it was equally unsuited for this. Over time the survivors were concentrated in the PVO, where its disadvantages mattered less, the last being withdrawn from service before the end of the war.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 fighter that was piloted by legendary ace, Alexander Pokryshkin, a member of the 16th Guards Fighter Regiment, during March 1942. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5.5 inches
Length: 6 inches
Release Date: January 2012
Historical Account: "The Great Tactician" - Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin (March 6th, 1913 - November 13th, 1985) was a Marshal of the Soviet Air Force. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on three separate occasions (May 24th, 1943 - August 24th, 1943, and August 19th, 1944).
Pokryshkin was, in addition to his three Hero of the Soviet Union golden stars, awarded four Orders of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, four Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov (2nd class), two Orders of the Red Star, a number of other medals, and foreign orders, such as the USAAF (US Army) Distinguished Service Medal which he is seen wearing below his other medals in some photographs, such as the one in this article, in which it is the lower-right-hand medal.
Pokryshkin was the great tactician of the Soviet Air Force during the Second World War. He almost single-handedly fought to change the obsolete Soviet tactics that were in place in 1941 when the war started. Going against the establishment and openly defying the party-approved combat doctrine almost cost him his career and possibly his life. After openly criticizing the official tactics that led to huge losses and teaching his fellow pilots new tactics he invented himself, he was grounded and scheduled to be court martialed. However the word of his inventions reached some superiors in Moscow, and instead of a court martial Pokryshkin was awarded and promoted. By the end of the war, his writings had been published and distributed to all Soviet pilots, and he toured fighter regiments extensively lecturing young pilots on his techniques.