Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Ilya Ignatevich Kainov

1911 –

Ilya Kainov was born in 1911.

On 8 February 1940, the 5./7 IAP (15 pilot led by Kapitan A. Ye. Mol’bin) arrived from 18 IAP of Far East Army Corps (DVK) after a departure on 26 January to take part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. Later also personnel of 70 IAP and 22 IAP (which both had fought in the Khalkhin Gol-incident in August 1939) arrived.
Kapitan Mol’bin was shot down by AA-fire at Tikkola and killed on 14 February, when escorting SB-bombers. Starshii Leitenant Iosef Geibo took over 5./7 IAP, which received I-153s from 17 February.

7 March 1940 was another day of heavy claiming from 7 IAP when they claimed seven bombers and one fighter.
Leitenant Aleksandr Moshin (credited to him as a single destroyed by Bykov), Sayenko and Malyshev of 2./7 IAP (I-16) claimed a shared Blenheim over Koivisto peninsula.
Viktor Skryabin of 2./7 IAP (I-16) claimed a Blenheim over Vilaniemi.
Kuzmenko of 5./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a fighter.
Golubev and Tikhomirov of 5./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared Blenheim.
Kainov and Balashov of 5./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared Blenheim.
Kainov later claimed a second shared Blenheim with Rybalov (from the same unit).
Major Aleksandr Ketov (credited to him as a single destroyed by Bykov), Vladimir Semenishin and Vavilov of 1./7 IAP (I-16) claimed a shared Blenheim.
Starshii Leitenant Fedor Shinkarenko of 4./7 IAP (I-16) claimed a Blenheim.
To add to the confusion did Starshii Leitenant Dyachenko of 25 IAP (I-153) claim a shared Blenheim at kv. 093 (28. AK sector) together with 7 IAP but it’s unclear with whom.
Two Finnish Blenheims were in fact lost in the Viborg area when LeR 4 attacked targets on the ice of the Gulf of Vyborg and on the shore on 24 sorties during the day.
Blenheim BL-144 of LLv 42 was lost at 07:30. The pilot kersantti Toivo Hyytiäinen and gunner kersantti Eelis Turunen were killed while the observer vänrikki Kauko Nykänen parachuted to become a PoW.
Blenheim BL-122 of LLv 46 was lost at 12:15. The pilot luutnantti Niilo Hakla parachuted wounded while the observer luutnantti Pekka Salokoski and gunner kersantti Arvi Pakkala both were KIA.

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.
Kainov, Petrov and Leitenant Romanov of 5./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared Blenheim.

Kainov ended the Winter War with 3 shared biplane victories.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941, Kainov served in 92 IAP. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
Kainov left 92 IAP already in July.

Between October 1941 and March 1943, he served in 522 IAP flying LaGG-3s and La-5s with this unit.

He served in 1 GIAP between March 1943 until October 1944 flying Yak-7s and Yak-1s with this unit.

He left the front in October 1944 for training.

Kainov ended the war with 3 shared biplane victories and a total of 6. These being claimed during 224 sorties.
During the war, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (twice) and the Order of Alexander Nevskii.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
  07/03/40   1/2 Blenheim (a) Shared destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 5./7 IAP
  07/03/40   1/2 Blenheim (a) Shared destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 5./7 IAP
  08/03/40   1/3 Blenheim (b) Shared destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 5./7 IAP
  1942                
  23/01/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  25/01/42   1/3 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  26/01/42   1/6 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  26/01/42   1/6 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  30/03/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  30/03/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  1943                
  14/01/43   1/6 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
  15/01/43   1/6 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
1 15/01/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
2 23/01/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
3 09/02/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Lavochkin     522 IAP
4 27/07/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yakovlev     1 GIAP
5 31/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yakovlev     1 GIAP
6 17/10/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yakovlev     1 GIAP

Biplane victories: 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 11 shared destroyed.
(a) 7 and 25 IAP totally claimed 7 bombers and 1 fighter without losses. 2 Blenheims from LeR 4 were lost.
(b) 7 IAP claimed 4 Blenheims during the day. These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Soviet airmen in the Spanish civil war 1936-1939 - Paul Whelan, 2014 Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-0
Suomen Ilmavoimat part II – 1928-40 – Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman, 2006, ISBN 952-99743-0-2




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