Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Andrey Andreyevich Fedotov HSU

16 October 1914 – 15 December 1943

Andrey Fedotov was born in 16 October 1914.
He joined the Army in 1935 and graduated from Orenburg Military Aviation School of pilots in 1938.

Mladshiy leytenant Fedotov took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War from December 1939 to February 1940, serving in 49 IAP and flying Polikarpov I-16s with this unit.

On 21 January, kapitan V. F. Lyubchenko and mladshiy leytenant Fedotov claimed a shared Blenheim over Loimolanjärvi.

On 19 May 1940, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy leytenant Gorbunov served in 2./49 IAP. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

In August 1941, he was posted to 169 IAP, which was equipped with MiG-3s.

On 27 December 1941, he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

He was decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 31 January 1943.

On 5 March 1943, mayor Fedotov claimed a Ju 87 over Galuzino.
The La-5s from 169 IAP also claimed two Bf 109s over Barskiye Kuliki. One of these was claimed by Fedotov and the second by starshiy leytenant Pavel Grazhdaninov.
Starshiy leytenant Pavel Grazhdaninov was killed in air combat during the day (same mission?) and at the time of his death, he had made 58 sorties, taken part in 28 air battles, in which he personally shot down 13 enemy aircraft. Grazhdaninov was posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 1 May 1943.

The 169 IAP became a guard’s unit on 18 March 1943, when they were renamed 63 GIAP.

On 1 May 1943, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 967) and a second Order of Lenin.
By this time, he had taken part in 160 combat missions.

He was decorated with the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy on 31 July 1943.

Fedotov became CO of 63 GIAP on 13 August 1943.

Podpolkovnik Fedotov was shot down and killed in air combat near Vitebsk, Belarus, on 15 December 1943.

At the time of his death, Fedotov was credited with 2 biplane victories and a total of 20.
These had been claimed in more than 200 combat missions.

Posthumously, he was decorated with a second Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 6 July 1944.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
  21/01/40   1/2 Blenheim Destroyed I-16   Loimolanjärvi 49 IAP
  1941                
1 22/06/41   1 He 111 Destroyed I-153   W Dvinsk 2./49 IAP
2 24/06/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Liksna airfield 2./49 IAP
3 16/10/41   1 Bf 110 Destroyed MiG-3   Chudovo 169 IAP
  18/10/41   1/6 Hs 126 Shared destroyed MiG-3   Selishche 169 IAP
4 25/10/41   1 He 111 Destroyed MiG-3   Torbino Station 169 IAP
  1942                
5 16/12/42   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Ploskaya 169 IAP
6 29/12/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Yeremeyevo 169 IAP
7 29/12/42   1 ”FW 198” Destroyed La-5   W Novosokol'niki 169 IAP
8 30/12/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Olokhovo 169 IAP
  1943                
9 05/03/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Galuzino 169 IAP
10 05/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Barskiye Kuliki 169 IAP
11 07/03/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Ust'ye 169 IAP
12 07/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Ust'ye 169 IAP
13 07/03/43   1 He 111 Destroyed La-5   Gryaznyye Kuliki 169 IAP
14 09/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Slugino 169 IAP
15 12/07/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   N Setukha 63 GIAP
16 20/07/43   1 FW 190 Destroyed La-5   Spasskoye - Somovo 63 GIAP
17 22/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Domnino Station 63 GIAP
18 22/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   S Subbotinskiy 63 GIAP
19 23/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   W Bunino 63 GIAP
20 15/12/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   Bukakino 63 GIAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 20 and 2 shared destroyed.

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




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