Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Ivan Ivanovich Chuchvaga HSU

22 May 1920 – 12 March 1943

Ivan Chuchvaga was born in Novosevastopolsysk on 22 May 1920.

Before the war, he worked as a teacher and graduated from the Krasnodar Aeroclub. In November 1940, he voluntarily joined the Red Army and graduated from the military aviation school in August 1941.

From November 1941, serzhant Chuchvaga served in 651 IAP on the Stalingrad Front, flying Polikarpov I-15bis and I-153s.

On 30 August 1942, he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

He left 651 IAP in September 1942 and in October, he was posted to 866 IAP as a deputy eskadrilya commander. This unit was equipped with Yak-1s.

Kapitan Chuchvaga was killed in air combat near Kupyansk-Sortirovochnaya Station in the Kharkov region.
By this time, he was eskadrilya commander in 866 IAP.

At the time of his death, Chuchvaga was credited with 2 biplane victories and a total of 9.
These had been claimed in 196 combat missions and 74 air combats.

On 24 August 1943, Chuchvaga was decorated with a posthumous Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and a second Order of Lenin.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942                
1 29/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Ilovlya Station 651 IAP
2 04/08/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-153   W Abganerovo 651 IAP
  1943                
3 30/01/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-1   S Lysyy 866 IAP
4 31/01/43   1 FW 189 Destroyed Yak-1   W Verkhniy Tabun 866 IAP
5 31/01/43   1 Hs 123 Destroyed Yak-1   SE Verkhniy Sukhodol 866 IAP
6 03/02/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-1   SW Belo-Skelevatyy 866 IAP
7 05/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   SE Malaya Kamyshevakha 866 IAP
8 06/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   W Kiseli 866 IAP
9 10/03/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-1   N Borki Station 866 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 9 destroyed.

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




Last modified 21 February 2020