Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Andreii Yakovlevich Baklan HSU

23 July 1917 – 20 May 1985

Andreii Baklan was born in Kalinovka on 23 July 1917.

In 1938, he joined the Red Army.

He took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War in 1939-40, flying Polikarpov I-153 with 49 IAP. He flew about 40 missions, mostly in the ground-attack role but didn’t make any claims in this conflict.

In June 1941, Leitenant Baklan still served in 49 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s.

In September 1941, he was posted to 237 IAP. With this unit, he flew Yak-1s.

He was posted to 521 IAP in February 1942 and continued to fly Yak-1 with this unit.

In April 1942, he was posted to 434 IAP. With this unit, he flew Yak-1s and Yak-7s.

On 21 November 1942, 434 IAP became 32 GIAP.

On 23 November 1942, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (No. 755) and the Order of Lenin.

In June 1943, he was posted to 19 IAP. With this unit, he flew La-5s and La-7s.

On 19 August 1944, 19 IAP became 176 GIAP.

He took part in the Soviet attack on Japan in August 1945.

Baklan ended the war 2 biplane victories and a total of 20.
These were claimed during more than 700 missions.
Baklan was credited with a large number of shared victories but these have been difficult to verify.

During the war, Baklan was also decorated with a second Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner (1940), The Order of Suvorov 3rd Class (25 July 1944), the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (11 March 1985) and the Order of the Red Star.

He continued to serve in the Air Force after the war.

Baklan died on 20 May 1985.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 07/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     49 IAP
2 10/09/41   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-153     49 IAP
  1942                
3 07/02/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-1     237 IAP
4 22/03/42   1 Ju 87 (a) Destroyed Yak-1     521 IAP
  22/03/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Yak-1     521 IAP
5 22/06/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1     434 IAP
6 02/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Kalinin Front 434 IAP
7 26/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1     434 IAP
8 18/09/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7     434 IAP
9 21/09/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7     434 IAP
  1943                
10 09/03/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-7     32 GIAP
  1944                
11 15/04/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
12 16/04/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
13 07/07/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
14 20/07/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
15 21/07/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
16 12/08/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed La-5     19 IAP
17 23/09/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed La-7     176 GIAP
18 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed        
19 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed        
20 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 20 and 21 shared destroyed.
(a) According to some sources, this was four Ju 87s attacked by three Yak-1 and shared between them.

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




Last modified 19 June 2017