Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Polykarp Andreevich Kalchenko

1916 –

Polykarp Kalchenko was born in 1916.

In October 1941, he was posted to 483 IAP, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 29 July, he claimed a Bf 109 during a ”taran” ramming attack over Moscow.

In August 1942, he was posted to 68 IAP, which also was equipped with the I-153.
He left the unit in December 1942.

He was posted to 84-A IAP in February 1942 (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.

Kalchenko ended the war 2 biplane victories and a total of 11.
These victories were claimed on 289 sorties.
According to some sources, he was also credited with 14 shared victories but these have not been possible to verify.

During the war, Kalchenko was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (thrice) and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942                
1 29/07/42   1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Moscow 483 IAP
2 03/08/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     483 IAP
  1944                
3 24/04/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
4 15/05/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
5 15/05/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
6 11/12/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
7 24/12/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
  1945                
8 14/01/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
9 19/01/45   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
10 22/01/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP
11 13/03/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Lavochkin     116 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 11 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a ”taran” ramming attack.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953




Last modified 30 May 2017