Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Ivan Dmitriyevich Chernikov

1915 – 30 July 1943

Ivan Chernikov was born in 1915.

In August 1942, leitenant Chernikov served in 926 IAP-PVO. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 23 August, I-153s from 926 IAP-PVO intercepted Ju 87s north-west of Gumrak Station. One was claimed shot down by leitenant Chernikov and a second by Petr Kopeykin. Five more were claimed as shot down as shared among seven pilots – three of these pilots were leitenant Chernikov, mladshiy leitenant Aleksandr Shatskiy and Kopeykin.

On 30 August 1942 he claimed a Bf 109 in the Stalingrad area while using RS-82 rockets from his I-153.
His victim was a Bf 109F-4 (WNr. 13314) flown by 35-victory-ace Leutnant Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel from III/JG 3, who was shot down and taken PoW.
Von Einsiedel returned to Germany in 1950.

Chernikov was posted away from 926 IAP-PVO in September 1942 and later during the year, he was posted to 234 IAP. With this unit he flew LaGG-3s and Yak-1s.

On 30 July 1943, he didn’t return from a combat mission and was posted as missing.

At the time of his death, Chernikov was credited with 3 biplane victories and a total of 7.
During his career, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (twice) and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942
               
1 23/08/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
  23/08/42   1/7 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
  23/08/42   1/7 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
  23/08/42   1/7 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
  23/08/42   1/7 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
  23/08/42   1/7 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   NW Gumrak Station 926 IAP-PVO
2 30/08/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-153   Bol'shaya Rossoshka 926 IAP-PVO
3 30/08/42   1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Beketovka aerodrome 926 IAP-PVO
  1942
               
4 25/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed     Krasnyy Partizan farm 234 IAP
5 24/05/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed     Azov 234 IAP
  30/05/43   1/2 Bf 110 Shared destroyed       234 IAP
6 26/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed     SW Marinovka 234 IAP
  27/07/43   1 Bf 109 Unconfirmed destroyed     Marinovka 234 IAP
7 30/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed     Stepanovka 234 IAP

Biplane victories: 3 and 5 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 6 shared destroyed, 1 unconfirmed destroyed.
(a) Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel from III/JG 3shot down and PoW.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Black Cross/Red Star: Air War Over the Eastern Front by Christer Bergström
Germanskiye asy na vostochnom fronte 1 (1941-43) – Dmirtiy Khazanov kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.




Last modified 11 August 2020