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Projects Homeland sky

Homeland sky

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.

News

Search for the Ilyushin Il-4 (DB-3F) bomber

From July 9 to 11, 2021, an expedition was held near Naro-Fominsk to collect fragments of the DB3-F (Il-4) twin-engine long-range bomber, organized by specialists of the Center for Contemporary History within the framework of the Russian Search Movement project “Homeland sky.” The search teams “Boomerang-DOSAAF” ( Naro-Fominsk), “Vityaz” ( Moscow), the student detachment “Rearguard” of the Pirogov RSMU ( Moscow) took part in the search operations.

Search for a LaGG-3 fighter in the Novgorod region

At the end of January 2020 a combined group of search engines (participants of the “Homeland sky” project) from Novgorod (the “Skif” and “Sokol” detachments) and Moscow (specialists of the “Center for Contemporary History”) conducted search operations at the crash site of a LaGG-3 fighter near the village of Preslyanka in the Parfinsky district of the Novgorod Region.

Search for a LaGG-3 fighter in the Moscow region

On November 22, 2020, a consolidated group of search engines (participants of the ” Homeland sky ” project) from Moscow and the Moscow Region, with the participation of specialists from the Center for Contemporary History, conducted search and survey work at the crash site of a LaGG-3 fighter near the village of Boris-Gleb in the Klinsky district.

Search for a DB-3m long-range bomber in the Chekhov district of the Moscow region

At the end of 2019 and 2020 a consolidated group of search engines (participants of the ” Homeland sky ” project) from Moscow and the Moscow Region, involving specialists from the Center for Contemporary History, conducted search and survey work at the crash site of a Db-3m long-range bomber near the village of Khlevino 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 an Il-2 attack aircraft near Gagarin, Smolensk region

The fate of the pilot of the Il-2 attack aircraft from the 671 SHAP 212 SHAD shot down in the Smolensk region was established

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.

According to the information of Klin local historians about the finding of duralumin fragments of an unknown aircraft in the area of Klin, specialists of the Center for Contemporary History conducted an operational reconnaissance of the area in the winter of 2020. During the initial inspection of the scene of the flight accident, small fragments of the center section, parts of the spars, pieces of the aircraft skin were 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.