Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Samson Ivanovich Andreyev

1912 –

Samson Andreyev was born in 1912.

He graduated from flight school in 1935.

Starshiy leitenant Andreyev took part in the Nomonhan Incident in 1939 while serving in 22 IAP and flying Polikarpov I-15bis.

On 8 July, fighters from 22 IAP were heavily involved in combat and starshiy politruk Ivan Podgorny (I-15bis) claimed a Ki-27 between post nos. 92-93 as did starshiy leitenant Viktor Rakhov while starshiy leitenant Aleksandr Murmylov (I-16) claimed two more. Kapitan Konstantin Kuzmenko (I-16) claimed two shared at the same place, one shared with another pilot and one shared with two other pilots. Starshiy leitenant Andreyev (I-15bis) claimed a second Ki-27 at an unknown place. Andreyev was then wounded and he was evacuated to a hospital in the Soviet Union. Starshiy leitenant Viktor Chistyakov (I-16) claimed one shared Ki-27 with another pilot (Kuzmenko?). Starshiy politruk Vladimir Kalachev, leitenant Aleksandr P’yankov, starshiy leytenant Mark Shpan and starshiy leitenant Vasiliy Vuss claimed one Ki-27 each.
Starshiy politruk Nikolai Bibik from the same unit was shot down in combat in his I-16 in the Nomon-Khan-Burd-obo area.

On 29 August 1939, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

Totally during his time in Mongolia, Andreyev flew 20 combat missions and took part in2 air combats.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, kapitan Andreyev served in 67 IAP on the Southern Front, flying Polikarpov I-16s.

On 5 August, he was seriously wounded in combat.

After returning from hospital, he worked as Chief of staff of the 67 IAP and didn’t fly any more combat missions.

On 5 November 1941, he was decorated with a second Order of the Red Banner.

In July 1943, he was posted away from 67 IAP to the staff of 319 IAD-PVO

On 3 November 1944, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Star.

Andreyev ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 3.
In the Second World War, he flew 53 combat missions and took part in 16 air combats.
During his career he was also decorated with a third Order of the Red Banner and a second Order of the Red Star.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 08/07/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed I-15bis   Khalkhin Gol 22 IAP
2 22/06/41   1 Bf 110 (a) Destroyed I-16   Southern Front 67 IAP
3 22/06/41   1 Bf 110 (a) Destroyed I-16   Southern Front 67 IAP
  22/06/41   1/2 Bf 110 (a) Shared destroyed I-16   Southern Front 67 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 and 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Probably Rumanian Potez 633s.

All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov

Last modified 17 August 2021