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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 13:13 pm 
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Hello,

I've a couple of obscure questions about the Mongolian Arat squadron of the 2nd Guards. I understand that the squadron's La-5s were raised with money from Mongolia (part of the USSR?).

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Question 1: Were the pilots Mongols also?
Question 2: Where did they serve?

and what does 'arat' mean anyway!!!

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Judging by this photo they were crewed by Russians.

http://visualrian.com/images/item/672465?print=true

I believe that Arat = Steppe Shepherd...happy to be corrected though.

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Ah, thanks!

Do you have any idea about how big the squadron was?

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Good question. I'd guess 12 as that's the number I have in my head for a fighter squadron.

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Edit: арат seems to mean 'people/proletariat/farmers' in "eastern speak".

Notice in the link below it is "Тыва Арат Республик":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvan_People%27s_Republic

I think I might just put together an impression of the squadron in the fullness of time....

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