Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leitenant Ivan Yakovlevich But

1915 – 23 April 1942

Decorations
Date Decoration Note
07/11/41 Order of the Red Star  

Ivan But was born in 1915.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshiy leitenant But served in 147 IAP, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

He was posted from 147 IAP in February 1942 when he was posted to 145 IAP.

But claimed a shared Hs 126 ”in group” on 23 February. It’s possible that Vladimir Mironenko also took part in this claim since it’s known that he also claimed a Hs 126 ”in group” during the day.
According to Luftwaffe records, no Hs 126 were lost in the Karelian region during the day.

On 4 April 1942, 145 IAP became a guard’s unit and was renamed to 19 GIAP.

In April, he was posted to 20 GIAP.

On 23 April, kapitan Aleksei Khlobystov claimed six shared enemy aircraft (1 Bf 110, 2 Bf 109s and 3 Ju 87s) over Lake Pyayveyavr together with starshiy leitenant Adam Kontsevoj, starshiy leitenant But (Hurricane), starshiy leitenant Dmitriy Gorelysev, mladshiy serzhant Mikhail Bychkov, serzhant A. I. Chibisov, serzhant Petelin and serzhant Zurov.
Starshiy leitenant But and serzhant Chibisov were both shot down and killed during the day by Unteroffizier Rudolf “Rudi” Müller of 6./JG 5, who claimed five victories during one sortie on this date. Whether this was in the above-mentioned combat or in a later one, the same day, is not known.

At the time of his death, Selyankin was credited with 1 biplane victory.
This had been claimed in 56 combat missions (as of 20 September 1941).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 13/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Karelian Front 147 IAP
  1942                
  19/02/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Karelian Front 145 IAP
  19/02/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Karelian Front 145 IAP
  23/02/42   1/? Hs 126 (a) Shared destroyed Hurricane   Karelian Front 145 IAP
  26/02/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Karelian Front 145 IAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Bf 110 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP
  23/04/42   1/8 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Hurricane   Lake Pyayveyavr 20 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 10 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov




Last modified 16 October 2020