Podpolkovnik Polikarp Andreyevich Kal’chenko
7 March 1916 – 14 May 1973
|09/09/42||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|12/06/44||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class|
|12/01/45||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|22/02/45||Order of the Red Banner||3rd|
|05/11/46||Medal ”For Military Merit”|
|19/11/51||Order of the Red Star|
Polikarp Kal’chenko was born in Novospasovka on 7 March 1916.
He joined the Red Army on 8 August 1936 and on 12 December 1938, he graduated from the Voroshilovgrad Military Aviation Pilot School.
From 31 March 1940, he served as a junior pilot in the 133 IAP
On 1 October 1941, he was posted to 483 IAP, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
On 29 July, 483 IAP fought Bf 109s in the Moscow area and leytenant Aleksandr Belous claimed one south of Moscow while Kal’chenko claimed a second in a ”taran” ramming attack over Moscow.
On 3 August 1942, 12 pilots and their I-153s were posted to 68 IAP, while the rest were pulled out from the front for more training.
Kal’chenko was slightly wounded on 20 August 1942.
On 18 September, he was slightly wounded again.
He suffered his third slight wound on 4 October.
He left 68 IAP in December 1942.
He was posted to 84-A IAP in February 1943 (I-153) and left this unit in April the same year.
In April 1944, he was posted to 116 IAP and flew La-5s and La-7s with this unit.
Kal’chenko ended the war 2 biplane victories and a total of 11.
These victories were claimed on 289 sorties and around 70 air combats.
According to some sources, he was also credited with 14 shared victories, but these have not been possible to verify.
After the end of the war, he continued to serve in the Air Force but changed his name to "Vladimir".
On 13 November 1948 he graduated from the Higher Officer Flight and Tactical Courses (Lipetsk).
In 1959, he retired into the reserve as a podpolkovnik.
Kal’chenko died on 14 May 1973.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||29/07/42||1||Bf 109 (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Moscow||483 IAP|
|2||03/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||I-153||Sal’sk||483 IAP|
|3||24/04/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||E Abokliya station||116 IAP|
|4||15/05/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||S Vadu-Luivoda||116 IAP|
|5||15/05/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||W Koshnitsa||116 IAP|
|6||11/12/44||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||E Sekeshfekhervar||116 IAP|
|7||24/12/44||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||NE Mad'yaralmash||116 IAP|
|8||14/01/45||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||SE Bichke||116 IAP|
|9||19/01/45||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||La-5||W Yet'yek||116 IAP|
|10||22/01/45||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Lavochkin||S Margonvashar||116 IAP|
|11||13/03/45||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||N Külshekanttor||116 IAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 11 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a ”taran” ramming attack.
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953