Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Polkovnik Valentin Yakovlevich Dodonov

1910 –

Date Decoration Note
14/11/38 Order of the Red Banner 1st
28/04/43 Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class  
01/08/44 Order of the Red Banner 2nd
14/10/44 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class  
03/11/44 Order of the Red Star  
21/02/45 Order of the Red Banner 3rd
29/05/45 Order of Kutuzov, 2nd Class  
20/06/49 Order of the Red Banner 4th
30/04/54 Order of Lenin  

Valentin Dodonov was born in 1910.

He graduated from the flight school in Odessa in 1930.

Starshiy leitenant Dodonov served as a volunteer in the Sino-Japanese war between January 1938 and August 1938.

Between February-July 1938, he claimed a Japanese A5M (reported as a ”I-96”) while flying a Polikarpov I-15bis. The claim was most probably made in the Hankow area.

During his time in China, he flew 52 hours and was involved in 4 air combats.

Major Dodonov served as CO of 287 IAP between April 1941 and 10 September 1942.

In September 1942, he was posted to the staff of 288 IAD where he remained just for one month, being posted to the staff of 226 SAD in October.
He was then posted to the staff of 269 IAD in December 1942, where he remained until the end of the war.

Polkovnik Dodonov ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 2.
During the Second World War, he had flown 158 combat missions.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 ??/??/38 (a)   1 A5M Destroyed I-15bis   China  
2 22/02/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9, Yak-3     269 IAD

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
(a) Claimed between February-July 1938.

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Last modified 30 January 2021