Mig-3 Aces of World War 2, Paperback Book

Mig-3 Aces of World War 2 Paperback

Illustrated by Andrey Yurgenson

Part of the Aircraft of the Aces series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The MiG-1/3 family of fighters was built to satisfy a Soviet Air Force requirement for an advanced, fast, high-altitude fighter.

Entering service in the spring of 1941, the problematic MiG-1 had its handling issues rectified with the hasty production of the MiG-3.

Many of these were destroyed on the ground when the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa.

Nevertheless, enough examples survived to allow pilots such as Stepan Suprun and Aleksandr Pokryshkin to claim a number of victories in the type.

This book tells the complete story of the men who made ace in the first examples of the famous MiG fighter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, ill
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781849084420

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The virtue of this Osprey number is that the authors do a good job of putting into context how this plane didn't live up to expectations; a combination of inadequate command & control arrangements, weak logistics and simple bad timing.I will note one gaffe that really annoyed me; I'm sorry but the Polikarpov I-153 was not the only biplane fighter with a retractable undercarriage put into series production (see the Grumman naval fighters of the 1930s). As this mistake was on the first page of text it put me off from the start.

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