Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladshiy Leitenant Nikolay Andreyevich Grafov

At the time of the German attack on Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshiy leitenant Grafov served in the 249 IAP, which was equipped with I-153s.

During the afternoon on 23 July, pilots from 44 IAD claimed two Ju 88s. One fell near Kapitanovka, being shot down by the I-153 of mladshiy leitenant Grafov from 249 IAP, while the second was claimed by mladshiy leitenant Novikov from 88 IAP in a I-16, who claimed one over Smela. According to some sources, Novikov’s claim was a “taran” ramming attack.

Grafov ended the war with one biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 23/07/41 p.m. 1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   near Kapitanovka 249 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
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Last modified 28 February 2021