1/48 Eduard Yak-3, Generalmajor Georgii Nefyodovich Zakharov, 303rd IAD, East Prussia, Fall, 1944.
Generalmajor G. N. Zakharov flew this Yak-3 over East Prussia in the fall of 1944. The aircraft carried a lightning flash on the fuselage, identifying it as an aircraft of the 303rd Fighter Division, and the emblem on the fuselage was painted by members of the Normandie-Niemen, which was in this division, and is a reference to their favorite CO as ‘St. George’ (Georgii). The spinner was painted in an atypical manner. The left profile is based on a period photograph, and the left one, along with the exact colors, are not certain.
G. N. Zakharov took part in combat during the Spanish Civil War in the services of the Spanish Republican air force, and in combat against the Japanese in China. Over the course of the Second World War, he flew 153 combat missions, seeing combat 48 times, and downing a total of 22 enemy aircraft. In April, 1945, he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. He continued serving in different high ranking staff positions, after the war.