Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Ivan Mikhaylovich Ilyin

1918 – 13 May 1942

Ivan Ilyin was born in 1918.

He graduated from flight school in 1940.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshiy leitenant Ilyin served in 38 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s on the North-Western Front.

In combat on 17 August, 38 IAP claimed one Do 17 and one Bf 110 ”in group”. Pilots seems to have included leitenant Ivan Konovchenko and mladshiy leitenant Ilyin.
Leitenant Konovchenko also claimed one Bf 109.

He left 38 IAP in September 1941.

On 11 February 1942, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In May 1942, he was posted to 12 IAP on the Crimean Front and with this unit he flew Yak-1s.

On 13 May 1942, leitenant Ilyin became MIA when he didn’t return from a combat mission.

At the time of his death, Ilyin was credited with 4 shared biplane victories and a total of 2.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  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
  1942                
1 08/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Crimean Front 12 IAP
2 08/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Crimean Front 12 IAP

Biplane victories: 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 4 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 08 May 2020