Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladishiy Leytenant Leonid Georgievich Butelin

1919 - 22 June 1941

Leonid Butelin was born in 1919 in Rodna in the Mogilev region.

He graduated from the 8th Odessa military aviation school of pilots “P. D. Osipenkova”.

In June 1941, he belonged to the 12 IAP of the 64 SmAD.

On 22 June 1941, he took part in the unit’s desperate attempt to protect their airbase. The Luftwaffe attack claimed 36 of the units 66 I-153s destroyed on the ground. The unit claimed eight Ju 88 around Stanislau of which Butelin claimed two. The second of these was claimed at 05:42 in a “taran” ramming attack at an altitude of 200 meters near Galich in which Butelin was killed himself.
12 IAP lost another three I-153s in the air combats.

Butelin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner posthumously.

At the time of his death, Butelin was credited with 2 biplane victories.

He is remembered by a monument near Galich made by the sculptor Valentine Usova from Lvov. The monument has the form of a bronze winged person falling from the sky.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 22/06/41 morning 1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Stanislau 12 IAP
2 22/06/41 05:42 1 Ju 88 (a) Destroyed I-153   Galich 12 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

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Additional information kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov.

Last modified 02 June 2013