96th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment

The 96th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 96. lovačko-bombarderski avijacijski puk / 96. ловачко-бомбардерски авијацијски пук) was established in 1944 as the 423rd Assault Aviation Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 423. vazduhoplovni jurišni puk / 423. ваздухопловни јуришни пук), It was formed from Yugoslav partisan aviators and trained and equipped by the Soviet Air Force.

96th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
96. lovačko-bombarderski avijacijski puk
Active1944-1959
Disbanded1959
Country Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
BranchSoviet Air Force
Yugoslav Air Force
TypeRegiment
RoleAssault
Fighter-Bomber
Part of37th Aviation Division
EngagementsSyrmian Front

HistoryEdit

423rd Assault Aviation RegimentEdit

 
A Soko 522 converted into monument to 423rd Assault Aviation Regiment in village Gospođinci.

The unit was established on December 9 1944, in Ruma, from Yugoslav partisan aviators with the Soviet Air Force 17th Air Army's 167th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment (167.GShAP). It became independent from Soviet command and personnel in May 1945. The regiment was part of the 42nd Aviation Assault Division, and was equipped with Soviet Il-2 Shturmovik ground-attack aircraft. The regiment took part in final operations for the liberation of Yugoslavia. During combat operations it was based at Ruma, Gospođinci, Bački Brestovac, Ilinovac, Velika Gorica/Pleso and Ljubljana airfields.

After the war the regiment moved to Pleso.

By 1948 this regiment was renamed like all other units of the Yugoslav Army, becoming the 96th Assault Aviation Regiment.[1]

96th Assault and Fighter-Bomber Aviation RegimentEdit

The 96th Assault Aviation Regiment was formed by renaming the 423rd Assault Aviation Regiment at Pleso airport as part of the 37th Aviation Division. By 1949 the regiment moved to Lučko near Zagreb, and in 1952 it was relocated to Cerklje, where it remained until it was disbanded. In 1954 the Il-2s were replaced by US-built F-47D Thunderbolt fighters. The regiment was renamed the 96th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Serbo-Croatian: 96. lovačko-bombarderski avijacijski puk / 96. ловачко-бомбардерски авијацијски пук).

It was disbanded on October 22 1959.[2]

AssignmentsEdit

Previous designationsEdit

  • 423rd Assault Aviation Regiment (1944-1948)
  • 96th Assault Aviation Regiment (1948-1954)
  • 96th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (1954-1959)

Bases stationedEdit

  • Ruma (1944)
  • Gospođinci (1944)
  • Bački Brestovac (1944)
  • Ilinovac (1944)
  • Velika Gorica/Pleso (Zagreb) (1944)
  • Ljubljana (1945)
  • Pleso (1945-1949)
  • Lučko (1949-1951)
  • Cerklje (1952-1959)

Commanding officersEdit

Date appointed Name
Milan Malnarić
Milan Marjanović
Blažo Kovačević
Aleksandar Radičević
Vlado Bakarić
Ilija Zelenika
Luka Popov
Luka Stojanović-Muratov
Drago Laušević
Borivoje Tošić
Milan Aćimović
Nikola Vučević
Teodor Majev
Dragoljub Zvicer

AircraftEdit

  • Ilyushin Il-2 (1944–1954)
  • P-47/F-47D Thunderbolt (1954–1959)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 355.
  2. ^ Dimitrijević, Bojan. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942-1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 357.