Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Nikolay Sergeyevich Artemyev

1909 – 1942

Artemeyev was born in 1909.

He was CO of a Zvena in 109 IAE, 36 IAB, Kiev Military District.

In October 1936 he went to Spain (arriving on 20 October) as a member of the first group of volunteers to fly in the Spanish Civil War.
In Spain he was known as ’Artimio’.

He served as a Leitenant in Escuadrilla Rychagov, which was equipped with I-15s.

By 9 December, he was credited with one He 51 and one shared CR.32.

On 2 January 1937, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

On 3 February 1937, the detachment of the Escuadrilla Rychagov (I-15) at Malaga fought with three He 51s and claimed all three shot down. It seems that Leytenant Artemyev claimed one of them while Leytenant Emelyan Kondrat and Viktor Matyunin claimed a shared. The third was claimed by a Spanish pilot.

Artemyev left Spain on 26 March 1937.
During his time in Spain he claimed two and one shared victories flying the I-15.

He was decorated with a second Order of the Banner on 2 July 1937.

In 1940, he was CO of 196 IAP and in 1942 was on the staff of 147 IAP.

Artemeyev died in 1942.

At the time of his death, he was credited with two biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 ??/??/36   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
  ??/??/36   1 CR.32 Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
2 03/02/37   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Malaga area Escuadrilla Rychagov

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.

Air Aces Home Page - Jan Safarik
Air War over Spain - Jesus Salas Larrazabal, 1974 Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, ISBN 0-7110-0521-4
Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces - Mikhail Maslov, 2010 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-981-2
Soviet airmen in the Spanish civil war 1936-1939 - Paul Whelan, 2014 Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-0
Spanish Republican Aces – Rafael A. Permuy López, 2012 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84908-668-4

Last modified 15 March 2016