Starshiy Leitenant Vasiliy Ivanovich Grishin
|14/02/41||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|27/11/41||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|28/11/45||Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class|
|06/11/45||Medal ”for Combat Merit”|
Vasiliy Grishin was born in 1914.
Leitenant Grishin took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War where he served in 38 IAP between December 1939 and March 1940, flying Polikarpov I-153s.
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy leitenant Grishin still served in 38 IAP. This unit was at the time still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
Starshiy leitenant Grishin and mladshiy leitenant Ivan Ilyin both claimed a shared Ju 88 ”in group” on 12 August. It’s possibly that this was the same claim.
The same thing happened two days later, on 14 August, when both claimed a shared Bf 109 ”in group”.
On 17 August, 38 IAP claimed one shared destroyed Do 17 and one shared destroyed Bf 110. Involved pilots seems to have included starshiy leitenant Grishin, leitenant Ivan Konovchenko and mladshiy leitenant Ivan Ilyin.
Leitenant Konovchenko also claimed one Bf 109 during the day.
In October 1941, he was posted away from 38 IAP.
He departed with a regiment from 1 ZAP for rearmament and resupply, but in January 1942, for health reasons, was decommissioned from fighter aviation, and was appointed commander of 370 OAE of the BelVO Air Force.
Grishin ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
This had been claimed during 88 combat missions.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|12/08/41||1/?||Ju 88||Shared destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||38 IAP|
|14/08/41||1/?||Bf 109||Shared destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||38 IAP|
|17/08/41||1/?||Do 17||Shared destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||38 IAP|
|17/08/41||1/?||Bf 110||Shared destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||38 IAP|
|1||09/09/41||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||38 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 and 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 4 shared destroyed.
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