Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Polkovnik Sergey Sergeyevich Belyayev

1915 – February 1974

Date Decoration Note
13/08/41 Order of the Red Banner 1st
07/05/42 Order of the Red star 1st
03/11/43 Order of the Red Banner 2nd
22/06/44 Order of the Red Banner 3rd
19/04/45 Order of the Red Banner 4th
??/??/45 Ushakov medal of 2nd Class  
??/??/?? Order of the Red star 2nd

Sergey Belyayev was born in 1915 in Novikovo.

He joined the Red Army in 1937 and graduated from Yeysk Naval Aviation School of pilots in 1939.

Belyayev took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 as part of 11 OIAE-KBF.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Belyayev served in 5 IAP-KBF, flying Polikarpov I-15bis.

On 7 July, the I-15bis from 5 IAP-KBF intercepted Ju 88s north of Vormsi Island. Belyayev claimed one shared with another pilot while leytenant Aleksandr Mironenko claimed a second shared with two other pilots.

In August, he was wounded while attacking ground troops.

In February 1942, he was posted to 11 IAP-KBF.

Three I-16s and four I-15bis encountered a Kotka between 10:53 and 12:45 on 5 April 1942 in the Tytärsaari area at 1,300 meters. The I-15bis shot it down and then made forced landings on the ice due to fuel exhaustion.
Included pilots on the I-15bis were mladshiy leitenant Isaak Borokhov and Belyayev. Later a Bf 109 detachment shot one of them into flames. The only Finns over the Gulf of the Finland at that time were three I-153s of 3/LLv 6, which didn’t report meeting the enemy.

He was posted to 12 OIAE-KBF in June 1943.
This unit had been retraining on Yak-/Bs and resumed combat in July 1943.

He claimed a ”Fiat” over Shepelev lighthouse on 15 September. A second seems to have been claimed by Yevgeniy Susanin.

On 1 November 1943, 12 OIAE-KBF became 12 IAP-KBF.

Belyayev claimed a shared FW 190 south-west of Tovla on 29 May 1944. It is possible that this claim was shared with Yevgeniy Susanin and Sergey Belyayev since it’s known that both claimed a shared FW 190 ”in group” at the same day and place.

On 12 January 1945, major Belyayev became CO of 12 IAP-KBF and he remained in this role until the end of the war in May.

Mayor Belyayev claimed two FW 190s over Libava on 26 March 1945. It seems that a third was claimed by starshiy leitenant Il’ya Shkurko.

Belyayev ended the war with two shared biplane victories and a total of 9.
These had been claimed during 510 combat missions.

He continued to serve in the Navy Air Force after the war and from 1957 he served in the Air Defence Forces.

Belyayev passed away in February 1974.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  07/07/41   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-15bis   N Vormsi Island 5 IAP-KBF
  05/04/42 10:53-12:45 1/4 ”Kotka” (a) Shared destroyed I-15bis   Seiskari/Tytärsaari area 11 IAP-KBF
1 15/09/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-7B   Sinyavino 12 OIAE-KBF
2 28/09/43   1 ”Fiat” Destroyed Yak-7B   Shepelev lighthouse 12 OIAE-KBF
3 02/04/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-7B   E Vigrund Bank 12 IAP-KBF
4 24/04/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-7B   Azeri 12 IAP-KBF
  21/05/44   1/2 FW 190 Shared destroyed Yak-7B   Azeri 12 IAP-KBF
  25/05/44   1/? FW 190 Shared destroyed Yak-7B   SW Toyla 12 IAP-KBF
5 20/06/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-7B   Vyborg Bay 12 IAP-KBF
6 24/10/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-3   W Aliost 12 IAP-KBF
7 26/03/45   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Libava 12 IAP-KBF
8 26/03/45   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Libava 12 IAP-KBF
9 25/04/45   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed Yak-9   N Kezlin 12 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 9 and 4 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.

All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
Suomen Ilmavoimat part IV – 1942 – Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman, 2007, ISBN 978-952-99743-2-0

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