Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladshiy Leytenant Petr Grachev

At the time of the German attack on Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Mladshiy Leytenant Petr Grachev served in the 55 IAP, which was equipped with a mix of MiG-3s and I-153s.

Between 13:45-14:55 on 26 June, ten MiG-3s and nine I-153s of 55 IAP escorted bombers of 211 BBAP and 45 SBAP. While approaching the target, one I-153 ’zveno’ was attacked by several Bf 109s. The Soviet biplanes became engaged in a dogfight and Mladshiy Leytenant Grachev and Mladshiy Leytenant Grigorii Rechkalov claimed a Bf 109 each.
While leaving the target, the I-153s strafed enemy infantry and artillery positions.
One MiG-3, flown by ’zveno’ commander, Leytenant V. Nosov, did not return to base.

Grachev ended the war with one biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 26/06/41 13:45-14:55 1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     55 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.

From Barbarossa to Odessa: Volume 1 – Dénes Bernád, Dmitriy Karlenko and Jean-Louis Roba, 2007 Ian Allan Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-85780-273-3
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 16 December 2007