Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladishiy Leytenant Victor Antonovich Barkovsky HSU

28 November 1919 - 20 May 1942

Victor Barkovsky was born in Vladivostok on 28 November 1919 in a family of farmers.

From 1932, he lived in Sverdlovsk.

He worked as an instructor pilot in the VVS from 1940 and graduated from the Ulyanov military aviation school of pilots in 1941.

When the war started in June 1941, he served in the 591 IAP of the 36 IAP-PVO.
Between June 1941 and May 1942, he flew 96 combat missions.

On 3 October 1941, he claimed an enemy aircraft.

On 20 May 1942, he intercepted a Ju 88D (WNr.2832;TL+BL) while flying in an I-153. The German aircraft was out to photograph military targets in the city of Yel'tse in the Lipetsk region.
Barkovsky attacked the Ju 88 over the city and forced it to abort its mission. He managed to set it on fire but it refused to crash and turned for the German lines. When his ammunition was finished, he rammed the bomber and perished.

On 14 February 1943, he was posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

He is buried in Yel’tse.

At the time of his death, Barkovsky was credited with 1 victory and a total of 2.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 03/10/41   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       591 IAP
2 20/05/42   1 Ju 88 (a) Destroyed I-153   Yel'tse area 591 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3 Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 04 June 2008