Parts from this aircraft are very rare especially from one still flying in 1943 properly thrown in to the defence of the pocket to make up the numbers. Parts frommig-1’s are hard to find any way as there were only around 100 ever made in 1939 to 1940 with the last aircraft being taken out of service in 1944. To minimize demand on strategic materials such as aluminium, the aircraft was mostly constructed from steel tubing and wood and their performance in combat was very limited, but most were apparently destroyed during the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.
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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