In August 1942 Chernikov served in 120 IAD-PVO. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
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 ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||30/08/42||1||Bf 109 (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Stalingrad area||120 IAD|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel from III/JG 3shot down and PoW.
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
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.