After the war

After the war

Postwar production of Yak-9, as well as the presence of a sufficiently large number of Yak-1, Yak-3 and Yak-7 enables up to 1950 to ensure the Air Force of the socialist countries a sufficient number of fighters.

B-end of World War II Yak actively delivers some Allied USSR. Training aircraft Yak-7B were put Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Mongolia and Poland. Albania also received a number of Yak-7. After the war continued mass production of Yak-9 — until 1948 it was produced about 2190 copies. The main goal was the Yak-9P (cannon) that came into production in 1946 and who had a gun armament. The aircraft is actively supplied to foreign customers, the main recipients were Bulgaria, Poland and Yugoslavia.


The first 10 of 90 Yak-9P were placed 1st Fighter Wing * «Warsaw» Polish Air Force in late 1947. Together with the 80 Yak-9 are other modifications before the 1950s were the main fighters of the Polish Air Force and aircraft were in service of Polish Navy. Many Polish Yak-9P were modernized, we received in exchange engines VC-107 VC-105PF2 new and established in a wing of the 20-mm gun ShVAK. Part of the Polish Yak-9 later handed the Bulgarian Air Force.


Yak-3, Yak-7 and Yak-9 at the end of 1944 were delivered to the Yugoslav army under the command of Marshal Tito. January 5, 1945 various aviation units were officially incorporated into the Air Force Yugoslavia (Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo — JRV). After the war, Yugoslavia has received from the Soviet Union, the required number of Yak-1 and Yak-3, each of them armed with at least 7-9 IAP. They were armed with the Yugoslav Air Force prior to the 1950s.

Like the Polish Air Force, the Yugoslav received a significant number of Yak-9 — 170 copies. However, after the break in relations with the Soviet Union in 1948, the situation with the supply of new aircraft difficult, but through the dismantling of existing aircraft parts Yugoslav Air Force were able to extend the operation of Yak-9 up to 1950, and training options — until 1959.

Yak-9 at the end of the 1940s, as did the Air Force Albania, China, Hungary and Mongolia.

Yak in Korea

In January 1950, North Korean Major General Wang Yong, based on deliveries of Soviet aircraft, carried out a reorganization of the single regiment KPAFAC a full-fledged aviation division. By June 1950 the Air Force North Korea already had 178 aircraft, of which about 80 were fighters of various types.

The main unit of the North Korean Air Force, equipped with yaks, was the 56th Fighter Wing. However, precise data on the number and models of fighter planes of Yak available at the North Korean armed aircraft, no.

The most effective were the family of fighter Yak-9, successfully resisted American P-51 Mustang, -they were more maneuverable and had more powerful weapons.

North Korean Yak-9 first showed itself in the very beginning of the war, when the June 25, 1950 raided the airfields in Seoul Kimpo (during a raid destroyed a C-54 Skymaster).

Two days later, five Yak-9P attempted again to attack the airport in Seoul, but this time met with strong resistance from the US Air Force — the air rose five F-82Twin Mustang, in a short battle shot down three Yak.

Yak-9 was used primarily as a fighter for air superiority, but also involved in the provision of close air support of North Korean troops. North Korea Air Force pilots did not have enough experience, but still provided resistance aircraft troops of the UN and the first two months of fighting were able to knock down a certain number of American planes. Among the victims of the pilots of the Yak-9 were two reconnaissance aircraft L-4 Grasshopper and L-5 Sentinel, shot down in July, a B-29 shot down on July 12 and B-26 bombers, injured in the same month.

In the first two months of fighting the North Korean Air Force lost about 20 Yak. In addition, on June 30 pilots F-80C Shooting Star of the 36th fighter-bomber squadron of the 8th Fighter Bomber Group shot down two Yak-9. In six days of fighting were shot down seven Yakov, died four pilots. Among them — two Yak, shot down on July 15 and three aircraft shot down on July 19 and this time the Americans lost one F-80C.

From June 25 to August Yak-9 from the 56th Regiment of the Air Force air DPRK made more than 200 flights. In addition to those already described in aerial combat victories, on account of their allegedly shot down three US Air Force transport aircraft and seven South Korean Air Force training aircraft on the ground.

By November 1950 BBC North Korea suffered serious losses, but Yaqui still were active — participating in the fighting. November 6, two Yak-9 were intercepted by patrol is on the F-51D Mustang from the 67th Fighter Squadron Bombard-assign- ment. Captain Howard Price scored a 1.5 victory over the Yak-9, and another 0.5 victory scored by his wingman, Lieutenant Reynolds. By the beginning of 1951 Yak-9 were replaced by Chinese jet MiG-15.

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