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  • Complete engine valve very well cleaned lots of original colour from lend lease American P-40 fighter used by the Russian Airforce shot down and crashed in 1943 during battle of Kursk in Russia

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    This is a very nice and very rare condition and recognisable American relic which is on lend lease to the Russian airforce. This is an engine valve from the supercharged Allision V-12 engine it is complete but has been very slightly damaged on the edge of the spring it has been very well cleaned it is in fantastic condition still retains a lot of its original colours and is a very nice example of a valve from this famous aircraft which is perfect for display or any collection. The valve was recovered from the site of a lend lease American P-40 fighter used by the Russian air force shot down and crashed during the battle of Kursk the largest Tank battle of the war and the last great German offensive of the war in the East in Russia .The valve comes with a laminated A5 information sheet with information and photos.

    P-40’s were on lend lease to the Russians from America during World War II, the Soviet Union was actually the second country (after Great Britain) to import the Curtiss P-40 fighter. In all, the USSR received 247 P40C (Tomahawk IIB) and 2,178 P-40E, -K, -L, and -N aircraft from 1941 through 1944. Tomahawks and Kittyhawks with red stars participated in all the decisive battles: the battle for Moscow, at Stalingrad, the defence of Leningrad, in the Kuban, at the Kursk bulge, and beyond to the liberation of eastern Prussia. It is true that nowhere (except in the far north) did their numbers achieve a critical level (as a rule, not more than 1-2 regiments in an air army) and therefore they did not have a deciding influence on the outcome of any battle.

    During the fighting at Kursk suggest that very few of German armour losses were caused by the IL-2 or any other Soviet aircraft. In fact, total German tank losses in Operation Citadel amounted to 323 totally destroyed, the vast majority to anti-tank guns and armoured fighting vehicles.

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    The P-40 in Soviet Aviation – Lend-Lease

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