"The Soviet Hammer" Profile of a "Lend Lease" Bell P-63 Kingcobra (NATO Code Name Fred).
Sufficient P-63 aircraft continued in use by the Soviet's after the war for them to be given the NATO reporting name of "Fred". At the end of World War Two when the fighting finally ceased in the Kuril Islands, the Eleventh US Army Air Force, sent between August 24th and September 4th, 1945 two B-24s of the 28th Bomb Group who flew reconnaissance over flights over the North Kuril Islands to take photos of the Soviet occupation in the area. P-63 Soviet fighters were scrambled to intercept the American B-24's and forced them away - no doubt a foretaste of the Cold war that lay ahead.
On 8th October 1950, two USAF F-80Cs from 49 FG breached the USSR's border and attacked Sukhaya Rechka airfield, making two strafing runs before returning to their home base. Although Soviet sources claim the attack was intentional, the pilots claimed it was a result of a navigational error. The airfield belonged to the VVS TOF, but- it was occupied by the 821 IAP / 190 IAD. Mostly aircraft of the 1st Squadron of 821 IAP were hit with 12 P-63s damaged, one P-63 burned to the ground while the other damaged aircraft were able to be repaired. No human losses were suffered.
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