Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Konstantin Mikhailovich Fatin

1914 –

Konstantin Fatin was born in 1914.

He graduated from the flight school in Kachinskaya in 1939.

In July 1942, Batalyonnyy Komissar Fatin served in 483 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s on the North Caucasian Front.

On 30 December 1942, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In September-October 1943, the unit was re-equipped with Yak-7Bs.

In early 1944, the was re-equipped with Yak-9s.

Major Fatin was shot down by enemy AA-fire on 27 April 1944 and was captured
He returned back after the end of the war.

Fatin ended the war with 3 biplane victories and a total of 5.
These were claimed during 42 combat missions and 8 air combats (as of 3 August 1942).

Post-war, Fatin was decorated with the Order of the Red Star three times (21 August 1953, 22 February 1955 and 22 February 1968), two more Order of the Red Banner (4 June 1955 and 30 December 1956) and the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class (11 March 1985).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942                
1 17/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     483 IAP
2 17/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     483 IAP
3 23/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   S Titov 483 IAP
  1943                
4 01/10/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B   Yakovlevsky 483 IAP
  1944                
5 17/04/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   NW Kovel 483 IAP

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 destroyed.

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




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