Ivan Nikiforovich Stepanenko's Yak-9T - 4 IAP - 1944

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Airman 1st Class
Feb 7, 2016
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Hello there! Hope all is well and if you are reading this, you are safe and healthy. I have a question about Ivan Nikiforovich Stepanenko's Yak-9T that is in the photo below.

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Most photo credits in Russian state that the photo is from late 1944 and was taken in Baltic front. Many profiles of the plane are in AMT 11/12 with tail tip and background of the Eagle is in AMT-7. The number is supposed to be red or blue 04. Now, my question is if this is an accurate depiction of the plane. I think it is but then why don't the red stars have any white outlines? Is it possible that this Yak-9 is just an earlier production (not a T model) that is in black and green (AMT-4/6)? I appreciate your help if you have any information. Thank you!

Please see below two different depictions:



Stepanenko is known for flying another Yak-9 earlier in his career that has a the AMT-4/6 camo but that was completely a different plane. See below:


Other Stepanenko Yak-9T photos but not as useful for my question:


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