The search project ” Homeland sky ” was created to perpetuate the memory of the dead and missing pilots during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, as well as local conflicts of the 1930s on Hasan, Khalkhin Gol, in Spain and Finland. The project is based on the principles of a scientific approach, starting from fieldwork carried out using the latest technologies (such as GPR and magnetometric surveys), the most complete documentation of field and technical aspects up to the archival work and historical data analyzes.
For more than ten years of active air search operations in different regions of Russia, Mongolia, Poland, Germany, and other countries, our specialists have examined more than 250 crashes sites. Cooperation with international organizations in search for dead pilots allowed us to establish the front-line fates of hundreds of Soviet pilots, as dozens of names of German, Spanish and Japanese pilots.
As part of the project, we conduct scientific work in state and departmental archives of Russia, process materials from foreign archives of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Spain. As a result of a comprehensive analysis of the historical, field, and archival data, we can provide a relatively complete picture of the history of military aviation and its heroes.
The Center for Contemporary History invites historians, researchers, search engines and volunteers, individuals, and organizations who want to personally participate in the restoration of the fate of military pilots to cooperate in the direction of air search.
Search for the Ilyushin Il-4 (DB-3F) bomber
Search for a LaGG-3 fighter in the Novgorod region
Search for a LaGG-3 fighter in the Moscow region
Search for a DB-3m long-range bomber in the Chekhov district of the Moscow region
Search for the Il-2 attack aircraft No. 187 3805 near Gagarin, Smolensk region
In March 2019 a group of search engines of the Center for Contemporary History visited Rodomanovo village, Gagarinsky district, Smolensk region, to examine the crash site of an unknown Soviet aircraft. Large fragments of the aircraft were taken out by scrap metal collectors. Only a detailed systematic search and inspection of all small details led to the desired result – the serial number of the aircraft was found. Based on all the finds, it was concluded that a single-seat Il-2 attack aircraft No. 1873805, produced in the spring of 1942, crashed here.
Search for the MiG-3 fighter pilot Monastyrsky, Naro-Fominsky district
In the Moscow region the crash site of the MIG-3 plane of the navigator of the 28 IAP 6 IAK of the Air Defense of G. F. Monastyrsky, who went missing while protecting the sky of Moscow in 1941, was found.
The crew of the Il-4 long-range bomber from the 3rd long-range Air Division found.
Search for an Il-2 attack aircraft near Elnya
In the Smolensk region the joint work of the Expeditionary Center of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Search Movement of Russia has been completed at the site of the fall of the Il-2 attack aircraft.