On May 9, 2020, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II, a memorial monument was erected in the city of Magadan, which is a symbol of cooperation between the Soviet Union and the United States in their common struggle against Nazism.

ALSIB (or the Northern Trace) was the Soviet Union portion of the Alaska-Siberian air road receiving Lend-Lease aircraft from the Northwest Staging Route. Aircraft manufactured in the United States were flown over this route for World War II combat service on the Eastern Front.

United States ferry pilots delivered aircraft to Ladd Army Airfield in Fairbanks, Alaska. There each aircraft was serviced by USAAF personnel in preparation for Soviet inspection. After Soviet inspectors accepted the aircraft, five regiments of ferry pilots conveyed aircraft from Fairbanks to Soviet pilot training facilities near Krasnoyarsk. Each regiment was assigned to a specific segment of the route to become familiar with navigation and weather within that segment. Single-seat Bell P-39 Airacobra and Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighters flew in groups with a pair of multi-engine North American B-25 Mitchell or Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers. The lead bomber navigated for the flight and the trailing bomber watched for stragglers. Bombers and Douglas C-47 Skytrains might fly independently, and C-47s transported ferry pilots east for new aircraft.

The American portion of the Alaska-Siberian air road began in the city of Great Falls in Montana, and ended in Nome in Alaska.

The total length of the route from Fairbanks to Krasnoyarsk was 6500 km, of which 5000 km across the territory of the USSR. Pilots had to fly over 14,000 km from an aircraft factory in the United States to the battle line in the USSR.

Ferry pilots along the Alaska-Siberian air road also transported various cargoes: military equipment, gold, mica (506 tons), food, equipment for hospitals, office supplies, mail (including 187 tons of pouch), as well as hatching eggs, prostheses, sewing needles machines, spare parts for watches and more.

In addition, Soviet and American diplomats and military experts flew along the Alaska-Siberian air road. The ambassadors of the USSR Maxim Litvinov and Andrei Gromyko, American generals, and US Vice President Henry Wallace flew along the Alaska-Siberian air road.

Between 1941 – 1945, 7831 aircraft were transported from the USA to the USSR through the Alaska-Siberian air road.

The memorial, which was erected in Magadan on May 9, 2020, depicts two pilots shaking hands against the background of a wing of a combat aircraft. Funds for its installation were collected by both residents of the city of Magadan, as well as US citizens and commercial structures. The memorial initiative was supported by the authorities of Anchorage and Magadan, which have been sister cities since 1991. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz planned to participate in commemorative events, but his arrival in Magadan did not take place in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz recorded a video for the city of Magadan. He congratulated the residents of Magadan on Victory Day and recalled the joint historical past of Russia and the United States, which together defeated Nazism, using the Lend-Lease program for this. He also stressed that this is a unifying factor for Russia and the United States at the present time.

On May 9, 2020, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in World War II, the Russian wives of American veterans laid flowers on the graves of Soviet and Canadian pilots at the memorial cemetery on Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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