This is a Massive airframe panel from the wing or fuselage with red star insignia remains clear to see in one corner.The panel still has a lot of its green and yellow paintwork overall retains a lot of original colour.This lovely panel which has ripped and bent by the impact of the crash it does still have dirt on it from the recovery but has been nicely cleaned would clean up more with effort it is in very nice condition it is perfect for display or any collection and is so very rare to get this size at 30 inches long and 24 inches wide and with the insignia.This airframe panel was recovered from Russian il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft shot down during the siege of Danzig in March 1945 and is a very nice relic from the air war over the Eastern Front in the last days of the Reich.And comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with pictures.
The plane crashed in to a forest west of the city of Danzig modern day Gdansk and was recovered some years ago. The Russian East Pomeranian Offensive started in February 1945 eventually Russian General Rokossovsky opened his final offensive on 15 March 1945; the main thrust, toward the coast at Zoppot between Gdingen and Danzig, being undertaken by the 70th and 49th Army advancing in parallel. The fighting was savage, but by 19 March 1945 the Soviet spearheads had reached the heights over Zoppot, while the 4th Panzer Division had been pushed back to the outskirts of Danzig itself. By 22 March 1945, the 70th Army reached the sea.Danzig finally fell on 30 March 1945, after which the remnants of the 2nd Army withdrew to the Vistula delta southeast of the city. According to Soviet claims, in the Battle of Danzig the Germans lost 39,000 soldiers dead and 10,000 captured.
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