Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leytenant Mikhail Petrovich Galkin HSU

12 February 1917 – 21 July 1942

Mikhail Galkin was born on 12 February 1917 in Plast, in the Chelayabinsk area.

Hen entered the army in 1937 and graduated from Lugansk Military Air Collage in 1938.

Galkin took part in the Finish-Soviet Winter War of 1939-40.

When Germany invaded Soviet in June 1941, he was serving with 4 IAP on the South West Front.

At 17:10 on 18 July, an I-16 zveno of 4 IAP attacked a Ju 88 flying alone at 1,000m above Rybnitsa (Râbnita). Following a short chase, the Ju 88 was shot down by Leytenant Galkin. His victim crashed 20km west of the city.

On 21 July, Leytenant Galkin claimed a Bf 109 in the area of Belyi Kamen-Shandaleshti.

On 22 July, Leytenant Galkin and Leytenant Zubenko claimed a shared Ju 88 in the Syndzherei area.

Leytenant Galkin claimed an enemy aircraft, identified as a ‘PZL-23’, shot down near Belyi Kamen on 27 July.

On 6 August, two I-16s from 4 IAP flown by Leytenant Galkin and Mladshiy Leytenant Ryzhkov claimed a shared Bf 109 2km north of Zhovtnevo.

By August, he had already flown 58 sorties and claimed 5 victories on 18 combats.

On 27 March 1942, he was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union.

In July 1942, he was servicing in 283 IAP.

On 21 July 1942, Starshiy Leytenant Galkin was shot down and killed by a Bf 109 from JG 54 over the Volkhov River. Galkin probably fell prey to Leutnant Walter Nowotny of 3./JG 54, who claimed a MiG-3 in that area at 19:05.

At the time of his death, Gulkin had claimed at least 1 biplane victory and a total of 5.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 ??/06/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     4 IAP
2 18/07/41 17:10 1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-16   Rybnitsa 4 IAP
3 21/07/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-16   Belyi Kamen-Shandaleshti 4 IAP
  22/07/41   ½ Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-16   Syndzherei area 4 IAP
4 27/07/41   1 ’PZL-23’ Destroyed I-16   Belyi Kamen 4 IAP
  06/08/41   1 Bf 109 (a) Shared destroyed I-16   2km N Zhovtnevo 4 IAP

Biplane victories: at least 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) According to some sources this was a Ju 88.

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Last modified 16 January 2012