Kapitan Ivan Ivanovich Izbinskiy
1915 – 4 February 1943
Ivan Izbinskiy was born in Nikolayev in 1915.
He joined the Red Army in 1935 and graduated from Kachin Military Aviation School for Pilots.
Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 and on 25 June, leitenant Izbinskiy was sent to the front as deputy eskadrilya commander of 1./169 IAP. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
On 6 July, Izbinskiy was in combat with four Bf 109s in the Shklov area and claimed one of them shot down. In this combat, he was wounded by shrapnel in the head and in one leg.
In August 1941, he was posted to 434 IAP.
In the fall of 1941, ”for actions discrediting the rank of military men”, he was sentenced to probation for eight years but he atoned for this in combat and the criminal record was dropped.
On 11 January 1942, Izbinskiy and Vladimir Orekhov claimed a shared Hs 126 together with a third pilot over Lipovik.
On 13 June, 14 Yak-1s from 434 IAP claimed a shared Bf 109 during a mission between Shipovatoye and Sredniy Burluk. Known pilots taking part in this claim are kapitan Vasiliy Babkov, Izbinskiy, Nikolay Karnachonok, Aleksey Khol'zunov, major Ivan Kleshchov (CO 434 IAP), kapitan Aleksandr Kotov, Vladimir Orekhov, Nikolay Parfenov, Vasiliy Savel'yev, Aleksandr Yakimov and Nikolay Zakhvatayev.
All pilots claimed the Bf 109 over Shipovatoye with the exception of captain Babkov and Vladimir Orekhov, which claimed it between Shipovatoye and Sredniy Burluk.
Major Kleshchov claimed one additional Bf 109 over Shipovatoye.
434 IAP claimed four Ju 88s over Topoli station on 27 June. These were claimed by kapitan Vasiliy Babkov, Izbinskiy, Aleksey Khol'zunov and Vasiliy Savel’yev.
Major Ivan Kleshchov claimed a fifth Ju 88 between Chervona Zirka and Kutkovka.
Andrey Baklan and Izbinskiy claimed one Bf 109 each north of Valuyki on 2 July.
These were possibly claimed in combat with Bf 109s from II./JG 52 which reported that Unteroffizier Helmut Adam from 4./JG 52 made an forced-landing in Bf 109 F-4 WNr. 13225 (White 3 + –) at Valuyki due to unknown causes and was reported as missing. Unteroffizier Adam had taken off from Belyi-Kolodes and the fighter was a total loss after the forced-landing.
434 IAP was heavily involved in combat with Ju 87s and Bf 109s over Kalach on 26 July.
Eight Ju 87s were claimed by leitenant Aleksandr Aleksandrov (Yak-7B), kapitan Vasiliy Babkov (2 Ju 87s while flying a Yak-1), Izbinskiy (Yak-7B), Nikolay Karnachonok (2 Ju 87s while flying a Yak-7B) and Vasiliy Savel'yev (2 Ju 87s while flying a Yak-1).
Seven Bf 109s were claimed by Andrey Baklan (Yak-1), Izbinskiy, starshiy leitenant Nikolay Gorshkov (Ya-7B), Aleksey Khol'zunov (2 Bf 109s while flying a Yak-1), leitenant Aleksandr Shishkin (Yak-1) and major Ivan Kleshchov (Yak-1).
It’s possible that the Bf 109s were claimed in combat with II./JG 3, which lost Bf 109 F-4 WNr. 10250 (unknown pilot), reportedly due to flak.
He was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner on 11 August 1942.
On 28 September, Izbinskiy claimed a Macchi MC.200 over the southern outskirts of Stalingrad. It’s possible that leitenant Aleksandr Aleksandrov claimed a second at the same time, since it’s known that he claimed one during the day but at an unknown place.
On 22 November 1942, 434 IAP became a guard’s unit and renamed to 32 GIAP.
Twelve Yak-1s from 32 GIAP intercepted four He 111s of KG 53 escorted by the Bf 109 Rotte of Feldwebels Josef “Bazi” Brechtl and Kurt Stöber near Velikiye Luki in the morning of 6 January 1943. The War Diary of 7./JG 54 reads:
“The Rotte of Fw. Brechtl and Fw. Stöber is surprised by a myriad of enemy fighters. Fw. Stöber heard the warning in his headphones: ‘Pull up, fighters behind us,’ and as he looks around, Bazi is nowhere to be seen. He was probably shot down by the Russian fighters.”“Bazi” Brechtl was an ace with 28 kills on his tally and his Bf 109 G-2 WNr. 13666 (black 2 + ~) reportedly crashed south of Velikiye Luki after combat with seven Soviet fighters. The pair of Bf 109 Gs had taken off from Smolensk.
On 4 February (some sources states 14 March), kapitan Izbinskiy committed suicide in an intoxicated state. He was buried in the village of Staraya Toropa (Zapadnodvinsky district of the Tver region) in a mass grave at the railway station.
At the time, he was CO of 2./32 GIAP.
At the time of his death, Izbinskiy was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 16.
These had been claimed during more than 400 combat missions.
During his career, he was also decorated with the Order Aleksandr Nevsky.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||06/07/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||I-153||Shklov area||1./169 IAP|
|2||02/11/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Krasnitsa||434 IAP|
|09/01/42||1/2||Hs 126 (a)||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Kirishi||434 IAP|
|11/01/42||1/3||Hs 126 (b)||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Lipovik||434 IAP|
|28/01/42||1/2||He 111||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Kerest'||434 IAP|
|13/06/42||1/14||Bf 109||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||Shipovatoye||434 IAP|
|3||25/06/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Velikiy Burluk||434 IAP|
|4||27/06/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Topoli station||434 IAP|
|5||02/07/42||1||Bf 109 (c)||Destroyed||Yak-1||N Valuyki||434 IAP|
|6||26/07/42||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Kalach||434 IAP|
|7||26/07/42||1||Bf 109 (d)||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Kalach||434 IAP|
|8||31/07/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Ryushino - Krasnoyarskiy||434 IAP|
|9||17/09/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Shishkino||434 IAP|
|10||18/09/42||1||He 111||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Kotluban station||434 IAP|
|11||19/09/42||1||Hs 123 (e)||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Kotluban station||434 IAP|
|12||20/09/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Kuz'michi||434 IAP|
|13||28/09/42||1||MC.200||Destroyed||Yak-7B||southern outskirts of Stalingrad||434 IAP|
|14||08/12/42||1||Hs 126||Destroyed||Yak-1B||Samsonikha||32 GIAP|
|15||30/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1B||NE Novosokol'niki||32 GIAP|
|16||06/01/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1B||Kuprovo||32 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 16 and 4 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.
(b) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.
(c) Possibly claimed in combat with Bf 109s from II./JG 52, which lost 1 Bf 109 (pilot MIA). 434 IAP claimed 2 Bf 109s.
(d) Possibly claimed in combat with Bf 109s from II./JG 3, which lost 1 Bf 109. 434 IAP claimed 7 Bf 109s.
(e) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.
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