Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Grigory Vasilevich Boychenko

1905 –

Grigory Boychenko was born in 1905.

Boychenko took part in Khalkhin Gol where he flew Polikarpov biplanes (I-15bis and I-153s) in 70 IAP.

On 12 July 1939, Starshii Leitenant Iosef Geibo of 5./70 IAP (I-153) and Boychenko (in a Polikarpov biplane) claimed a shared Ki-27 together with a third pilot over ”Marker 704”.

Boychenko claimed two Ki-27s (reported as I-96s) in the Kama area on 21 July.

In combat west of Lake Usur-Nur on 31 August, Nikolai Viktorov of 70 IAP (I-16) claimed two shared Ki-27s while Starshii Leitenant Anatolii Nikolaev claimed one Ki-27. One of the shared Ki-27s claimed by Viktorov was probably claimed together with Boychenko (Polikarpov biplane), who reportedly claimed one and one shared Ki-27 north-west of Lake Usur-Nur.

Starshii Leitenant Iosef Geibo of 5./70 IAP (I-153) claimed a Ki-27 between Lake Usur-Nur and Lake Yanhu on 1 September.
Nikolai Viktorov of 70 IAP (I-16) claimed one and one shared Ki-27s (together with one other pilot) in the same area while Egor Ankudinov from the same unit claimed a shared Ki-27 together with three other pilots.
Boychenko (Polikarpov biplane) claimed a Ki-27 in the same area.

On 4 September, seven of 33rd Sentais Ki-10s led by Captain Takeo Kawada, encountered a reported 20-30 Soviet aircraft at a height of 5,000 metres. Kawada had been personally forbidden to engage, but Second Lieutenant Tadashi Harada (NCO54) and Sergeant Major Akira Ishikawa (Sho-1) charged in, followed by the rest of the formation.
Nine and three probables were claimed, including three by Ishikawa personally, although he force-landed after suffering severe wounds, from which he died next day. Harada and Sergeant Major Seizo Hiraki (NCO66) were also killed.
On this date, the Sentai’s 3rd chutai was also engaged in combat claiming 13 victories and 13 probables.
It is possible that they had been in combat with I-16s from 70 IAP since Egor Ankudinov claimed a single Ki-10 and two more as shared together with 15 other pilots at “Square 787” while Boychenko (Polikarpov biplane) claimed a Ki-10 over the mouth of the Numurgin-Gol River

He totally claimed five biplane victories over Mongolia.

During the Second World War, he initially flew I-16s and Il-2s in ground-attack missions between June and September 1941.

From December 1941 he served in 730 IAP, flying Hurricanes, Yak-7s and Yak-9s.

Boychenko ended the war with a total of 5 biplane victories.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of Lenin and Order of Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1939                
  12/07/39   1/3 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Marker 704 (Moscow area) 70 IAP
1 21/07/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Kama area 70 IAP
2 21/07/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Kama area 70 IAP
3 31/08/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   NW Lake Usur-Nur 70 IAP
  31/08/39   1/2 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   NW Lake Usur-Nur 70 IAP
4 01/09/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Lake Usur-Nur - Lake Yanhu 70 IAP
5 04/09/39   1 Ki-10 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Numurgin-Gol River estuary 70 IAP

Biplane victories: 5 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 and 2 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 18 September 2018