Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Ivan Mikhailovich Artamonov

1912 –

Artamonov was born in 1912.

He flew in the 121 IAE, 95 IAB, Transcaucasian Military District, before volunteering for service in Spain.

He arrived in Spain on 14 January 1937 and served as a Leytenant in 1a/26 (I-15).

He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner on 17 July 1937 and left Spain on 26 July.

Artamonov is reported to have claimed 2 biplane victories in Spain during 95 operational sorties.

In 1940, he was CO in an Eskadrilya of 67 IAP, which at the beginning of WWII was still flying I-16s.

From July 1943 to March 1944, he was CO of 651 IAP NVO flying P-40s.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin on 31 May 1945.

Artamonov ended the war with 2 biplane victories.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1937                
1 ??/??/37   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-15   Spain 1a/26
1 ??/??/37   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-15   Spain 1a/26

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.

Sources:
Soviet airmen in the Spanish civil war 1936-1939 - Paul Whelan, 2014 Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-0
Additional information kindly provided by Jan Safarik.




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