Petlyakov Pe-3bis Vadtjohka/ Vaijoki Finland

1./121 AP VVS SF SNo 40101 11.09 1942

Attacked and shot down by two Bf 109 F-4 of 5.JG 5, based at Nautsi in Finland. The Russian bombers were on a mission to bomb Banak airfield at Lakselv. Both men onboard managed to bail out. Lt. Gennadij Ivanovich Shirjaev (KIA). JLt.Viktor Gavrilovich Judin was caught by the Germans at the Russian side of the border on 27.September and became POW. Thanks to Rune Rautio and Vesa Viero for additional info.

Uffz.Alfred Lehner of JG 5 was credited this kill.

A total of four Petlyakovs were shot down in this air battle:
1. SNo 40101 at Vadtjohka, Inari in Finland.
2. SNo 40102 at Gallotjohka, Finnmark in Norway.
3. SNo 40103 at Suonjirgaisa, Finnmark in Norway.
4. SNo 40106 at Kauhalahti (Partakko) Inari in Finland.
info: Rune Rautio

© vesa viero.

Far left: The 20 mm ShVAK cannon.
Photographed in 1972

Left: Uffz.Alfred Lehner.
photo via Hannu Valtonen

© vesa viero.
© hannu valtonen