Free Hunters: Aircraft of the Eastern Front


Yak-1.  Primary fighter aircraft used during this time period, it was phasing out the inferior LaGG-3.  Considered roughly equivalent to the German Bf-109.


LaGG-3.  Most modern Soviet fighter at the start of the war, but inferior to the Bf-109.  Still in use in some front line units, but being phased out in favor of the Yak-1 and Lend/Lease P-39 Aircobras.


Bf-109.  Front line German fighter.  Roughly equivalent to the Yak-1.  Russians call it the “Thin Boy”.


FW-190.  Top German fighter, but available only in limited numbers.  Superior in just about every way imaginable to the Yak-1, and almost always flown by the Luftwaffe’s top pilots.  Russians call it the “Fat Boy”.

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Junkers 88, Heinkel 111 – German Medium Bombers.  Prime targets for Free Hunters, but dangerous in groups.


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