Ilyushin Il-10 Beast -15th GvShAP, Aleskenko Vladimir Avramovich, Soviet Air Force, Eastern Front, July 1945
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IXO Models 1/72 scale : Ilyushin Il-10 Beast (NATO codename: Beast) of 15th GvShAP, Aleskenko Vladimir Avramovich, Soviet Air Force, Eastern Front, July 1945
Length 6 inches Wingspan 7.25 inches
Ilyushin Il-10 was a Soviet ground attack aircraft developed at the end of World War II by the Ilyushin construction bureau. It was also license-built in Czechoslovakia by Avia as the Avia B-33. In October 1944, the Il-10 first entered service with training units in the Soviet Air Force. In January 1945, the first Il-10 combat unit entered service with the 78th Guards assault aviation regiment, but it did not enter action due to unfinished training. However, three other Il-10 units managed to take part in the final combat actions of World War II in Europe. They were: the 571st assault aviation regiment (from 15 April 1945), the 108th Guards assault aviation regiment (from 16 April 1945) and the 118th Guards assault aviation regiment (on 8 May 1945). About a dozen aircraft were destroyed by flak or engine breakdowns, but the Il-10 appeared a successful design. One was shot down by a Fw 190 fighter, but a crew of the 118th regiment shot down another Fw 190 and probably damaged another. On 10 May 1945, the day after the official Soviet end of the war, (Victory Day), there were 120 serviceable Il-10s in Soviet Air Force combat units, and 26 disabled ones. Designed as an more powerful, much improved version of the IL2, the IL10 was first flown in April 1944.