"Order to the Red Army Air Force #0194
September 23rd, 1944
Commanders of the Air Armies report that fighter pilots still use one of the most complicated attacks, namely ramming, to this day.
In many cases, ramming does not only destroy the enemy plane, but also leads to a loss of our airplane, and, often, the death of the pilot.
I order that:
It must be explained to pilots of the Red Army VVS that our fighter aircraft have excellent and powerful modern armament, which surpasses all German types of fighters. The use of ramming in air combat with enemy aircraft that have poorer characteristics is senseless.
Ramming must be performed only in exceptional cases and as a last resort.
Commander of the Red Army VVS, Chief Marshal of Aviation, Novikov
Member of the VVS Military Council, Colonel-General Shimanov
Acting Chief of Staff of the VVS, Lieutenant-General Krolenko"
Via RKKA 100.