Il-28U 1954 began with a single Tu-6 training flight in January.
Three flights in February aboard Po-2s for cooperation missions with the AAA (Concrete observations of the Tu-6s at Altes Lager in 02/1954 > Link).
Fifteen flights took place in March, including 12 in Po-2s and 3 in Tu-6s. Tupolev missions are broken down into two cooperation flights with the AAA and a target tow. Flights in Polikarpov start with a return trip between Altes Lager and Altengrabow. On the 9th, four flights are mentioned as being bound for Dresden and include an interaction with the AAA. The flights in question probably break down into a flight to the grass runway of the Königsbrück training range - the 4th Guards Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division was based in Königsbrück (Neues Lager) - two flights over the range (AAA interaction) and the return flight to Altes Lager. Two cooperation flights with the AAA take place on the 13th without further details. Four flights to Altengrabow, again interacting with the AAA, were mentioned on the 24th. So, one flight to Altengrabow, two local flights and one return flight. April begins with a transit or navigation flight between Altes Lager and the Jessen training range via an unidentified place and three flights "in the circuit" with Po-2s. Then comes a target tow (AAA interaction) in a Tu-6, a return trip between Altes Lager and Zerbst in a Po-2 - Zerbst is now the home base of the other squadrons from the 931.OKRAP - and finally a photo reconnaissance flight in a Tu-6. Flat calm in May/June and two Tu-6 flights in July: target-towing (AAA interaction) and a control flight.

Il-28U Section 6 - Il-28 Zero missions are flown in August. We understand why when we look again at Section VII of the flight log. Berezin was indeed seconded this time to the unit with the FPN 23239, or the 277.BAP of the 132.BAD. The latter, also composed of the 63.BAP and 668.BAP both based at Werneuchen had established itself in the GDR in May 1954. The 277.BAP and its Il-28s, of which apparently some Il-28Rs, was previously based in Ivano-Frankovsk before moving to Brand in May. As of 30 August 1954, Berezin had passed some twenty knowledge tests - including one for the ARK-15 radio compass - allowing him to fly with Il-28 with ratings ranging from good to excellent. If the 277.BAP Chief of Staff had validated these tests, an officer in principle of the 931.OKRAP had signed the page with the words "evaluation read" while applying the FPN 68083 seal... Let's open a parenthesis to report that a target-towing section stemming from the 277.BAP had settled in Parchim at the end of July. This section would later become the 74.OBAE. Further tests were successfully carried out on 10 September 1954, this time allowing Berezin to fly in VFR conditions off the local circuit. The authorization came from Guards Lieutenant Zamorozov, "navigator of the Separate Target-Towing Training Squadron". Again, the evaluation was read and validated with the FPN 68083 seal. Around the same time or a few months later, mechanics went to Werneuchen to learn the secrets of the Il-28. The 931.OKRAP said farewell to the Tu-6 in September and Berezin was executing his first Il-28 mission as early as the 10th, by performing a cooperation flight with the AAA at Altengrabow. The next days, no less than ten identical flights were completed. However, their destination was Jüterbog (therefore the Jüterbog and/or Heidehof Ranges). They included two flights on the 17th and three more on the 21st. A flight to Parchim was carried out on the 24th. The next day, two target-towing flights occured at Wustrow (AAA interaction) and the return flight to Altes Lager took place the same day. The month ends with a target-towing flight (AAA interaction) on the 30th.

Il-28U Il-28 The last flights of the year take place in October. On the first, two flights with an Il-28 consist of dropping targets (M6 or PM-6?) for the AAA. But, on the 2nd and 5th, two similar missions are carried out with a Po-2 (the entries in the flight log detailing the missions are quotation marks). But did Berezin really drop some targets from a Po-2? Three more target-towing flights (AAA interaction) are carried out with Il-28s.
1954 logs 58 hours and 49 minutes of flight time in 58 flights. At least that's what Section II tells us. But the monthly count in Section III yields only 54 flights, 8 in the Tu-6 instead of 10, 23 in the Il-28 instead of 25 and 23 in the Po-2, all are day sorties. At the conclusion of each month in Section III, the seal of FPN 68083 is applied, but the document is signed by Guards Lieutenant Colonel Reutovich, FPN 42004 Chief of Staff, until October. The document was then signed by Colonel Shepelev, Chief of Staff of FPN 68083.
Matyunin logs 84 flights, all with the Yak-11, spreads over 68 day flights and 16 night flights in 65 hours and 47 minutes.

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