Ivanov served in 3./7 IAP during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
On 8 March Finnish Blenheims from LeR 4 kept hammering the Soviet troops at the Gulf of Vyborg on 14 bombing missions while the fighters of LLv 24 flew 19 strafing missions. No Finnish aircraft were lost during the day.
It seems that the fighters from 7 IAP continued to intercept the Finnish aircraft and they claimed four Blenheims during the day.
Komissar Nikolay Antonov, Major Iosef Khotelev and Pavlov (I-16s) claimed one Blenheim.
Georgii Glotov and Ivanov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one Blenheim each.
Ilya Kainov, Petrov and Leitenant Romanov of 5./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared Blenheim.
Soviet troops pressed closer to the city of Vyborg on 9 March and the fronts bent but didn’t break. LeR 1 kept a close watch of the enemy ground movements while LeR 2 and LeR 3 kept on the strafing and bombing of the troops in the invasion area and attacked the supply columns.
At 12:20, vänrikki Jouko Myllymäki (Morane MS-330) of LLv 28 claimed an I-16 over Uusikirkko.
At 16:30, two I-153 were claimed shot down over Viipurinlahti. These were claimed by vänrikki Kauko Linnamaa (Fiat G.50bis FA-20) of LLv 26 and Danish luutnantti Mogens Fensboe (Morane MS-320) of LLv 28.
Morane MS-322 of LLv 28 was shot down over Vilalahti at 17:00 and luutnantti Erkki Lupari was wounded.
7 IAP was heavy involved in the combat during the day and was the only VVS units claiming victories during the day when they claimed eight fighters and one bomber.
Starshii Leitenant Vladimir Kurochkin and Franchuck of 1./7 IAP (I-16) claimed two shared enemy fighters.
Kapitan N. M. Kidalinskii of 4./7 IAP claimed an enemy bomber.
Starshii Leitenant Georgii Zhuikov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed two enemy fighters.
Doletskii of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Viktor Karpukhin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Georgii Glotov and Ivanov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared fighter.
Mladshii leitenant Alexei Nikitin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one unconfirmed enemy fighter.
No VVS fighters were lost during the day.
Ivanov ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||08/03/40||1||Blenheim (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Gulf of Vyborg||3./7 IAP|
|09/03/40||1/2||Enemy fighter (b)||Destroyed||I-153||Gulf of Vyborg||3./7 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
(a) 7 IAP claimed 4 Blenheims during the day. These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(b) 7 IAP claimed 8 fighters and 1 bomber during the day without losses. Finnish fighters claimed 3 Soviet fighters during the day while losing 1 Morane.
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