Il-2 M wrecks at Pima  Air and Space Museum

Images from John Bezosky, Collections Manager

Uploaded on June 15, 2016
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Here are some photos of a wreck of Il-2M under restoration at Pima Air and Space Museum of Tucson, Arizona.

The images and informations are kindly supplied by the Collections Manager of the Museum, Mr. John Bezosky.

A question to Russian forums led to these informations:

“First information from Russian aviation forum is that yours IL-2 serial 5612 was manufactured at 1st Moscow Aviation Plant at 25 February 1943 and delivered on service at 7th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment from Air Forces of Red Banner Baltic Fleet (abbreviation on Russian - 7 Gv.ShAP VVS KBF) and was lost at 28 January 1944 in aerial combat.”

Seems that the plane had a winter finish (unclear if partial or total) when it was lost.

Here is the central part of fuselage and wings, complete of retractable landing gear. The fuselage area is red brown because of the rust produced by its steel armoured body, while the wings, made in aluminium alloy, appear red-brown because of remains of a primer.

Here we see the front of the same ensemble. The sliding hood lies on the left wing; its frames are in aluminium alloy, while the armour plaes are made of steel.


The outer wing consoles preserve their metallic parts, while the wooden parts are lost.

Noticeably, the guns area is metallic, even if it appears wooden in many drawings.

Here we see the other wing console.

The spinner still shows its light blue color, probably the squadron color. It seems the same shade of light blue utilized on lower surfaces.


The railing is of the type utilized till the summer of 1943. On later Il-2s, the rails were covered by an arodynamic fairing.

Here we see the flaps struts and the armoured plate closing the fuel tank. The gunner had his place in the wooden part of the fuselage, now missing,

A good detail of the machine gun support and of the fuel tank, covered with a layer of rubber acting as an auto-sealer in case of damage.

The tail wheel was attached to a plate fixed on the wooden structure of the rear fuselage.

A piece of the wood skinning is still there.

Here we see the pilot's seat. The lower belts are still there, but it's likely that the upper ones were removed because they limited the movements of the pilot.

I suppose that these are the ammo boxes for VYa-23 guns.

Again the sliding hood with the rusty steel plates.
The control column seems to have been painted black or very dark grey.
The plane after the cleaning and the remotion of remains of rust and old paint.