Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leytenant Leonid Illarionovich Ivanov HSU

8 August 1909 – 27 June 1941

Leonid Ivanov was born on 8 August 1909 in Kashirain the Moscow area.

After nine years of secondary school, he lived in Saratov and worked in the tram park.
From 1930, he worked as a milling machine operator in the “Red Proletarian” plant in Moscow.

After two courses in Engineering, he joined the Red Army in 1932.

He graduated from the 7th Stalingrad military aviation school pf pilots in 1935.

After graduation he served as a fighter pilots in the Far East and in the Far North.

Ivanov took part in the Winter War against Finland in 1939-40 and was decorated for this.

In June 1941, Starshiy Leytenant Ivanov served as an eskardrilya commander of the 147 IAP. This unit was based in the far north end of the Karelian Front, defending the harbours of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 25 June, he claimed a shared Ju 88 with his wingman Leytenant Filimonov and another damaged Ju 88 over Kandalaksha.

The next day he claimed a Bf 110 and damaged a He 111, again over Kandalaksha.

On the third day of continuous combat over Kandalaksha, he alone attacked seven Bf 109s in the morning. He reportedly claimed three of them shot down before ramming a fourth in a “taran” attack and crashing to his death.
These losses can’t be verified with German sources.

On 22 July 1941, he was posthumously decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. He was also decorated with the Order of Lenin.

At the time of his death, Ivanov was credited with 5 biplane victories, these being claimed while flying the I-153.

Ivanov is buried in Africanda Apathitsky in the Murmansk Region. In Kandalaksha there is a memory board on him and a fishing trawler also carries his name.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  25/06/41   ½ Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
  25/06/41   1 Ju 88 Damaged I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
1 26/06/41   1 Bf 110 Destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
  26/06/41   1 He 111 Damaged I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
2 27/06/41 a.m. 1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
3 27/06/41 a.m. 1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
4 27/06/41 a.m. 1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP
5 27/06/41 a.m. 1 Bf 109 (b) Destroyed I-153   Kandalaksha 147 IAP

Biplane victories: 5 and 1 shared destroyed, 2 damaged.
TOTAL: 5 and 1 shared destroyed, 2 damaged.
(a) Can’t be verified with German losses.
(b) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack. Can’t be verified with German losses.

Sources:
Aeroram
Geroi lenigradskogo neba - 1984 Lenizdat kindly provided by Vladislav Arhipov
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2




Last modified 14 March 2007