Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

General Major Viktor Ivanovich Borodachev HSU

Viktor Borodachev was born on 23 August 1918 in the village of Shirokiy in the Stalingrad area.

In 1936 he finished a pedagogical school in Moscow before joining the army. He completed pilot training at the Kachin Military Aviation School of Pilots during 1938.

As part of 38 IAP, he toop part in the ”liberation” of Western Ukraine in 1939, flying Polikarpov I-15bis.

Borodachev took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War as part of the 38 IAP.

He wasn’t committed to combat in the Great Patriotic War until 1 February 1942. At this time, he was part of 743 IAP, which operated on the Crimean Front.

On 9 May 1942, he was seriously wounded in one leg and hospitalised after an air combat.

He was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner on 27 October 1942.

On recovery, he was posted to 131 IAP in November 1942.

On 8 February 1943, the 131 IAP became a guard’s unit and renamed to the 40 GIAP.

He was decorated with a second Order of the Red Banner on 9 July 1943.

He was decorated with the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy on 7 November 1943.

He was decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 11 June 1944.

On 1 July 1944 he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 2339) and the Order of Lenin for 364 sorties 19 and 5 shared victories claimed during 91 air combats as of February 1944.

He was decorated with a third Order of the Red Banner on 18 August 1944.

At the end of the war he was major and komesk (commanding officer of an eskadrilya) in the 40 GIAP. During the war he took part in the heavy air battles above Tiraspol, Dnyepropetrovsk, Taganrog and Kursk-Orel. He also served with the unit on the 1st Ukrainian Front.

On 9 February 1945, major Borodachev and starshiy leitenant Nikolay Yukhanov claimed one Bf 109 each over Lamsdorf airfield.
This was Borodachev’s last claim during the Second World War.

Borodachev ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 24 claimed during 552 sorties and 116 air combats.

Borodachev continued to serve after the war and graduated from the Army Air Academy in 1950.

He was decorated with two Order of the Red Star after the war: one on 19 November 1951 and a second on 22 February 1955.

He was decorated with a fourth Order of the Red Banner on 23 January 1957.

In 1960 he graduated from the General Staff Academy.

Borodachev was killed in an accident on 11 July 1968.
During the war he was also decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (for times), Order of Alexandr Nievskii, the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice) and the Order of the Red Star (twice).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942
               
1 10/04/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   N Cape Kazantip 743 IAP
2 04/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Crimea 743 IAP
  10/10/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   N Kury 743 IAP
  1943
               
3 15/02/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   Lebedinskaya 40 GIAP
4 09/06/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Zinaidino Station 40 GIAP
5 05/07/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   S Cherkasskoye 40 GIAP
  07/07/43   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed La-5   W Luchki 40 GIAP
6 09/07/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Pokrovka 40 GIAP
7 12/07/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Vladimirovka 40 GIAP
8 20/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   SW Ivanovka 40 GIAP
9 25/08/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   E outskirts of Veprik 40 GIAP
10 26/09/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   NE Romashki 40 GIAP
11 07/10/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   Rotichi 40 GIAP
12 07/10/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Dyabolovichi 40 GIAP
13 07/10/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   N outskirts of Krasnovodsk 40 GIAP
14 15/10/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Rzhishchev 40 GIAP
15 29/10/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   W Vyshenka - Kozino 40 GIAP
  1944
               
16 15/01/44   1 FW 189 (a) Destroyed La-5   N Maryanovka 40 GIAP
  15/01/44   1/2 FW 190 Shared destroyed La-5   Obodnoye 40 GIAP
17 22/01/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   W Troitsa 40 GIAP
18 10/05/44   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   W Tarnopol 40 GIAP
19 10/05/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Berezovitsa-Velke 40 GIAP
20 15/05/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Aneluvka 40 GIAP
21 28/05/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Kozluv - Denisuv 40 GIAP
22 28/05/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   SE Taurov 40 GIAP
23 14/07/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Penyaki 40 GIAP
  1945
               
24 09/02/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Lamsdorf airfield 40 GIAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 24 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Sovetskiye asy - Nikolay Bodrikhin, 1998 kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
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




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