Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Aleksandr Alekseyevich Belous

1913 –

Date Decoration Note
30/12/42 Order of the Red Banner 1st
18/03/44 Order of the Red Banner 2nd
09/06/45 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class  

Aleksandr Belous was born in 1913.

He graduated from flight school at Voroshilovgradskaya in 1938.

In July 1942, leitenant Belous served in 483 IAP. This unit was still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

The I-153s from 483 IAP intercepted Ju 88s on 17 July and made claims for three of them north-west of Proletarskaya Station. Two were claimed by batalyonnyy komissar Konstantin Fatin while the third was claimed by leitenant Belous.

On 19 July 1942, leitenant Belous claimed a FW 189 north of Konstantinovskaya.
This was possibly a FW 189 A from 2.(H)/A.Gr. 41, which was damaged after having been attacked by fighters over Dromiskaya, 17km north-west of Konstantinovskaya. This aircraft had taken off from Milerovo with an unknown pilot and the observer Oberleutnant Dr. Hans Schulz. Schulz was killed by the attacking fighter.

On 29 July, 483 IAP fought Bf 109s in the Moscow area and leitenant Belous claimed one south of Moscow while Polikarp Kal’chenko claimed a second in a ”taran” ramming attack over Moscow.

Belous left 483 IAP in August 1942 and in October he was posted to 866 IAP. With this unit he flew Yak-1s, Yak-7s and Yak-9s.

In March 1944, he left 866 IAP to become part of the staff of 288 IAD.

Belous ended the war with 4 biplane victories and a total of 5.
These had been claimed during 218 combat missions and 30 air combats.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 17/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   NW Proletarskaya Station 483 IAP
2 19/07/42   1 FW 189 (a) Destroyed I-153   N Konstantinovskaya 483 IAP
3 22/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   S Nikolayevskaya 483 IAP
4 29/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   SW Moscow 483 IAP
5 30/04/44   1 FW 189 (b) Destroyed Yak-1, Yak-9, Yak-3   Belyayevka area 288 IAD

Biplane victories: 4 destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 destroyed.
(a) Possibly FW 189 A from 2.(H)/A.Gr. 41, which was damaged (1 crew KIA).
(b) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.

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