Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Naval Kapitan Ivan Illarionovich Gorbachev

In June 1942, kapitan Ivan Gorbachev served in 71 IAP-KBF, which still was partially equipped with Polikarpov I-153s

Between 00:30-01:15 on 3 June 1942, four I-153s from the 71 IAP-KBF were up against He 111s raiding Kronstadt.
At 01:10, kapitan Konstantin Solov'yev and starshiy leitenant Aleksandr Baturin claimed one He 111 from a distance of 500-600m at an altitude of 800m. The burning bomber crashed into Lake Kopenskoe. They also claimed a second shared He 111, which they attacked and shot down near Shepelev lighthouse. It seems that these victories were recorded as one single victory each.
Major Vladimir Koreshkov and kapitan Gorbachev claimed a shared He 111 at an altitude of 1000-800 m and from a distance of 100m, which crashed near Inoniemi. They also shot down a second He 111, which fell at Tyvola.

During the night of 5 June, pilots from the 71 IAP-KBF made seven sorties against a reported 35 He 111s and Ju 88s that were attacking the southern forts of Kronstadt.
Five He 111s were claimed by the Soviet pilots when Ivan Serbin claimed one shared bomber with kapitan Petr Biskup and a second with major Aleksandr Alekseyev. Starshiy leitenant Aleksandr Baturin and kapitan Gorbachev claimed one He 111 each. The fifth was claimed by kapitan Biskup.

Gorbachev ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 7.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  03/06/42 00:30-01:15 1/2 He 111 Shared destroyed I-153   near Inoniemi 71 IAP-KBF
  03/06/42 00:30-01:15 1/2 He 111 Shared destroyed I-153   Tyvola 71 IAP-KBF
1 05/06/42 night 1 He 111 Destroyed I-153   Kronstadt area 71 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 1 and 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 5 shared destroyed.

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Last modified 10 April 2021