Lavochkin La-11

in North Korean Air Force service
 

Key Facts

Total Delivered: n/a
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: n/a
Retirement: n/a
Main Role: Fighter
Origin: China

History

Sixty La-11s were delivered to China in 1951, following a directive date August 25, 1951. However, some La-11s are said to have been delivered already in 1950, equipping the 351st Fighter Regiment of the PLAAF. Initially, the 351st FR was based at Shanghai, subsequently being transferred to Talien (Dal’niy). A few Russian pilots served with the 351st FR, which, on June 13, 1951, deployed to Anshan near the border with North Korea, entering combat two weeks later. During the autumn of 1951, one USAF Douglas B-26 Invader was claimed as shot down by Lt V Koorganov. The 351st FR was also deployed against USAF B-29 Superfortresses, against which the units La-11s had very little success. All La-11s were finished in DPRKAF markings and insignia. See also Lavochkin La-9. During the spring of 1952, the 351st FR had begun to receive MiG-15 jet fighters. It is open to conjecture if any La-11s actually served with the DPRKAF. See also Lavochkin La-9.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
23 red       Photo in Yefim Gordon’s Lavochkin Piston-Engined Fighters
26 red       Preserved at Datang Shan, China
71 yellow       Colour profile in above source


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Lavochkin’s Piston-Engined Fighters – Red Star Volume 10 (Yefim Gordon)

Other Sources

To be added.


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