Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshii Leitenant Vasiliy Ivanovich Babushkin

1918 – 9 August 1941

Vasiliy Babushkin was born in 1918.

He graduated from flight school in 1940.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Starshii Leitenant Babushkin served in 72 SmAP-SF, flying Polikarpov I-153s. This unit was part of the Air Force of the Northern Fleet.

On 9 August, 72 SmAP-SF intercepted Ju 88s over Murmansk and claimed to have shot down five of the bombers as shared among eight pilots including Starshii Leitenant Babushkin and Starshii Leitenant Vasily Volovikov.
Starshii Leitenant Babushkin was however shot down and killed in this combat.

At the time of his death, Babushkin was credited with 2 biplane victories.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 01/07/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     72 SmAP-SF
2 18/07/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     72 SmAP-SF
  09/08/41   1/8 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Murmansk 72 SmAP-SF
  09/08/41   1/8 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Murmansk 72 SmAP-SF
  09/08/41   1/8 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Murmansk 72 SmAP-SF
  09/08/41   1/8 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Murmansk 72 SmAP-SF
  09/08/41   1/8 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Murmansk 72 SmAP-SF

Biplane victories: 2 and 5 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 5 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 15 August 2019