Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Mikhail Gavrilovich Gorbanev

1910 – 10 March 1943

Mikhail Gorbanev was born in 1910.

Starshiy leitenant Gorbanec took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War in 1939-1940 where he flew Polikarpov I-153s in 38 IAP but without claiming anything.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, he was still flying I-153s in 38 IAP.

On 14 August, three I-153s from 38 IAP claimed one Ju 88 Over Kobylkino and one Bf 110 over Ramushevo. It seems that two of the pilots involved in these claims were Gorbanev and Lazar Chapchakhov.

On 19 August, four I-153s from 38 IAP claimed one Bf 109 over Suslovo and one over Utochkino. One of the claiming pilots was Gorbanev. It’s possible that one of the other claiming pilots was Aleksandr Yelkhov since it’s known that he claimed two shared Bf 109s during the day.

He was posted away from 38 IAP in August 1941.

In January 1942, he was posted to 42 IAP and with this unit he flew LaGG-3s and Yak-7Bs.

On 4 August 1942, Gorbanev and Fedor Shinkarenko claimed one Ju 88 each over Pogoreloye Gorodishche on the Bryansk Front.

Major Gorbanev was killed in air combat on 10 March 1943.

At the time of his death, Gorbanev was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 7.
During his career, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner three times.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 16/07/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   W Shimsk 38 IAP
  14/08/41   1/3 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Kobylkino 38 IAP
  14/08/41   1/3 Bf 110 Shared destroyed I-153   Ramushevo 38 IAP
  17/08/41   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   North-Western Front 38 IAP
  19/08/41   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153   Suslovo 38 IAP
  19/08/41   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153   Utochkino 38 IAP
  1942                
2 07/07/42   1 He 111 Destroyed LaGG-3   Buda Monastyrskaya - Zaprudno 42 IAP
3 04/08/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Pogoreloye Gorodishche 42 IAP
  05/08/42   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Voskresenskoye - Bor 42 IAP
4 18/08/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Silenki 42 IAP
5 24/08/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Vekshino 42 IAP
6 24/08/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Vergino 42 IAP
  1943                
7 05/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B   Borisovo 42 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 5 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 6 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 16 August 2020