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The 81st Support Aviation Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 81. puk pomoćne avijacije / 83. пук помоћне авијације) was an aviation regiment established in 1944 as 2nd Yugoslav Assault Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 2. jugoslovenski vazduhoplovni jurišni puk / 2. југословенски ваздухопловни јуришни пук, Russian: 2-й Югославский штурмовой авиационный полк) formed from Yugoslav partisan aviators on training in Soviet Union.

81st Support Aviation Regiment
83. puk pomoćne avijacije
Active1944-1961
1961-1964
Disbanded1961 and 1964
Country Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
BranchSoviet Air Force
Yugoslav Air Force
TypeRegiment
Brigade
RoleSupport
Assault
Fighter-Bomber
Part of3rd Air Command

HistoryEdit

2nd Yugoslav Assault RegimentEdit

The 2nd Yugoslav Assault Regiment was formed on 15 October 1944 in Grozni, USSR, from Yugoslav partisan aviators sent on training by October 1944. It consisted from three squadrons equipped with new Il-2 ground-attack aircraft. It had 233 personal, which from eight were staff officers, 37 pilots, 43 mechanics, and others. By the end of training and arming with Ilyushins regiment became operational by March 3, 1945. It has moved from USSR taking off by June 22, 1945, and land in Yugoslavia by July 17, 1945, at Sombor airport. Same day it was renamed in to 554th Assault Aviation Regiment.

The commander of regiment was Mirko Šćepanović and commissar was Mile Rodić.[1]

554th Assault Aviation RegimentEdit

The 554th Assault Aviation Regiment was formed in July 17, 1945, by renaming of 2nd Yugoslav Assault Regiment at Sombor airport. It was part of 11th Aviation Division. By the August same year, regiment was subordinated to 1st Aviation Division.

It was dislocated from Sombor to Skoplje airport by 1945, and next year, 1946 it moved to Niš airport.

By the 1948 year this regiment was renamed like all other units of Yugoslav Army, so it has become 81st Assault Aviation Regiment.

The commanders of regiment in this period were Mirko Šćepanović and Ivan Salević and commissar was Vlado Bakarić.[2]

81st Assault and Fighter-Bomber Aviation RegimentEdit

 
F-47D Thunderbolt fighter which has served with 81st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment in 1953, now at Belgrade Aviation Museum.

The 81st Assault Aviation Regiment remain at Niš. In 1953 Soviet-made Il-2 ground-attack aircraft were replaced with US-build F-47D Thunderbolt fighters. In that period regiment was renamed to 81st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 81. lovačko-bombarderski avijacijski puk / 81. ловачко-бомбардерски авијацијски пук).

The 81st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment was disbanded by the March 1961.

The commanders of regiment in this period were Dimitrije Kovačević, Slobodan Alagić, Svetolik Muždeka, Vlado Kecman, Ljubomir Vučkević and Bogdan Verbole.[3]

Re-establishment of 81st RegimentEdit

By April 1961 at Niš airport 81st Support Aviation Regiment was formed from 677th Transport Aviation Squadron equipped with German-made Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft and 891st Liaison Aviation Squadron equipped with Yugoslav-made Ikarus Kurir liaison aircraft.

The new 81st Regiment took the number, banner and continued tradition of former 81st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment.

It was disbanded by the 1964 year due the "Drvar 2" reorganization plan. The 677th Transport Aviation Squadron was attached 107th Support Aviation Regiment, while 891st Liaison Aviation Squadron was independent for some time.[4]

AssignmentsEdit

Previous designationsEdit

  • 2nd Yugoslav Assault Regiment (1944-1945)
  • 554th Assault Aviation Regiment (1945-1948)
  • 81st Assault Aviation Regiment (1948-1953)
  • 81st Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (1954-1961)
    • Disbanded
  • 81st Support Aviation Regiment (1961-1964)

OrganizationEdit

Bases stationedEdit

Commanding officersEdit

Date appointed Name
Mirko Šćepanović
Ivan Salević
Dimitrije Kovačević
Slobodan Alagić
Svetolik Muždeka
Vlado Kecman
Ljubomir Vučkević
Bogdan Verbole

EquipmentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 356.
  2. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 356.
  3. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 357.
  4. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 361.