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Der Maresal
Posted: February 08, 2005 12:42 am
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I am looking for info on a certain Russian ace, vetran of the war in Spain, named "Lev L'vovich "Shestakov". (Lev Shestakov) callsign 'Sokol 1' (Falcon 1)..


(IMG:http://www.tarrif.net/wwii/img/techs/la5n.jpg)
Source: http://www.tarrif.net/wwii
He flew a La-5FN similar to this one towards the end of the war.
In a furious turning fight (vertical banking at treetop altitude), he was pursuing a Stuka flown by the famous Hans Ulrich Rudel. After a very hard turn the La-5 crashed, and this 46 victory ace was killed.


(IMG:http://aces.boom.ru/all/shestak1.jpg)
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In his autobiography, Hans-Ulrich Rudel recalls how his Ju 87 once came under attack from 'an excellent "Lag-5" pilot': 'I just can't understand how he manages to follow my sharp turns in his fighter aircraft', wrote Rudel: 'Sweat poured from my forehead.' Rudel started preparing himself for the final end, as he suddenly heard his rear-gunner, Stabsarzt Ernst Gadermann, cry over the R/T: 'Got the Lag!' Rudel continues: 'Was he shot down by Gadermann, or did he go down because of the backwash from my engine during these tight turns? It doesn't matter. My headphones suddenly explode in confused screams from the Russian radio; the Russians have observed what happened and something special seems to have happened... From the Russian radio-messages, we discover that this was a very famous Soviet fighter pilot, more than once appointed as Hero of the Soviet Union.'


I'm looking for more about the pilot as well as what Number the plane he was flying and what it looked like.

This post has been edited by Victor on February 08, 2005 06:52 am
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Posted: February 08, 2005 06:51 am
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Have you read this article of Christer Bergstrom on the encounter?
http://www.elknet.pl/acestory/shesta/shesta.htm

Lev Shestakov was a member of 69 IAP that faced the Romanian fighter units in 1941 at Odessa and he had claimed several Romanian aircraft shot down.

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Posted: February 08, 2005 07:25 pm
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In his autobiography, Hans-Ulrich Rudel recalls how his Ju 87 once came under attack from 'an excellent "Lag-5" pilot': 'I just can't understand how he manages to follow my sharp turns in his fighter aircraft', wrote Rudel: 'Sweat poured from my forehead.' Rudel started preparing himself for the final end, as he suddenly heard his rear-gunner, Stabsarzt Ernst Gadermann, cry over the R/T: 'Got the Lag!' Rudel continues: 'Was he shot down by Gadermann, or did he go down because of the backwash from my engine during these tight turns? It doesn't matter. My headphones suddenly explode in confused screams from the Russian radio; the Russians have observed what happened and something special seems to have happened... From the Russian radio-messages, we discover that this was a very famous Soviet fighter pilot, more than once appointed as Hero of the Soviet Union.'



I read the article of course, a long time ago...

That quote is from elknet... http://www.elknet.pl/acestory/shesta/shesta.htm

I went as far as typing in Cyrilic, Shestakov's name (Лев шестаков), and searching the web with that.. and translate all i can find..

I was trying to find what plane he flew (#) and what it looked like.

This post has been edited by Der Maresal on February 08, 2005 07:26 pm
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