Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Nikolay Ivanovich Ivanov

1917 – 3 September 1941

Date Decoration Note
19/05/40 Order of the Red Banner  

Nikolay Ivanov was born in 1917.

Mladshiy leitenant Ivanov served in 3./7 IAP during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 20 February, 7 IAP claimed six destroyed and three destroyed on the ground. The I-153s from 3./7 IAP claimed four Bulldogs between Hanhijärvi – Lappeenranta when starshiy leitenant Aleksey Baranov claimed two, mladshiy leitenant Ivanov claimed one while mladshiy leitenant Ivan Dubovik and mladshiy leitenant S. Masnikov claimed the fourth as a shared. Starshiy leitenant Baranov and mladshiy leitenant Ivanov also claimed one enemy aircraft each destroyed on the ground at Utti.
Starshiy politruk Pavel Kalinichenko (I-16 from 1./7 IAP) and leitenant Nikolay Kachkovsky (I-16) claimed the other two over Utti.
The third enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground was claimed by nine I-16s from 1./7 IAP at Utti. Pilots were Franchuk, starshiy politruk Nikolay Isayev, Istaukhin, Ivanov, starshiy politruk Pavel Kalinichenko, Kashrin starshiy leitenant Vladimir Kuochkin, Martynov and Shurdukov.

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, mayor Iosef Khotelev and Pavlov (I-16s) claimed one Blenheim.
Georgiy Glotov and mladshiy leitenant Ivanov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one Blenheim each.
Il’ya Kaynov, Yevgeniy 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.
Starshiy 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.
Starshiy leitenant Georgii Zhuikov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed two enemy fighters.
Nikita Doletskiy of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Viktor Karpukhin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Georgiy Glotov and mladshiy leitenant Ivanov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared fighter.
Mladshiy leitenant Aleksey Nikitin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one unconfirmed enemy fighter.
No VVS fighters were lost during the day.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Ivanov still served with 7 IAP.

On 3 September, he was shot down in his I-153 by AA-fire and killed.

At the time of his death, Ivanov was credited with 2 biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 20/02/40   1 Bulldog (a) Destroyed I-153   Hanhijärvi - Lappeenranta 3./7 IAP
  20/02/40   1 Enemy aircraft (a) Destroyed on the ground I-153   Utti 3./7 IAP
2 08/03/40   1 Blenheim (b) Destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 3./7 IAP
  09/03/40   1/2 Enemy fighter (c) Shared destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 3./7 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed, 1 destroyed on the ground.
TOTAL: 2 and 1 shared destroyed, 1 destroyed on the ground.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.
(b) 7 IAP claimed 4 Blenheims during the day. These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(c) 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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