Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Evgeniy Yefimovich Erlykin

He served in the Spanish Civil War, arriving in October and using the nom de guerre ’Pedro’.
In Spain he served in the Escuadrilla Rychagov, flying I-15s.

Starshii Leitenant Pavel Rychagov was slightly wounded on 16 November and during his recovery, the Escuadrilla Rychagov was commanded by Petr Pumpur. The two detachments were in turn led by Erlykin and Starshii Leitenant Georgiy Zakharov.

By 9 December, he was credited with 1 shared He 51.

In January 1937, two Chato flights commanded by Erlykin and Anton Kovalevskii flew south to Malaga. A third Soviet pilot, Emelyan Kondrat, was also a member of one of the flights, but the remaining five pilots were Spanish.

In mid-February, Erlykin and Emelyan Kondrat were recalled from Malaga to the central theatre near Madrid, and the Spanish pilot Emilio Galeta was promoted to detachment commander.

Erlykin left Spain on 27 March 1937.
During his time in Spain he claimed two and three shared victories flying the I-15.
He had flown 214 operational sorties and taken part in 80 air battles in Spain. It is known that he also flew “foreign” types of aircraft during his time in Spain.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1936                
  ??/??/36   1 He 51 Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
1 ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
2 ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
  ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov
  ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Rychagov

Biplane victories: 2 and 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 3 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Air Aces Home Page - Jan Safarik
Air War over Spain - Jesus Salas Larrazabal, 1974 Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, ISBN 0-7110-0521-4
Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces - Mikhail Maslov, 2010 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-981-2
Soviet airmen in the Spanish civil war 1936-1939 - Paul Whelan, 2014 Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-0




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