Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan A. K. Karachentsev

Kapitan A. K. Karachentsev served in the 3rd eskadrilya of 49 IAP during the Winter War in 1939-40. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

At 16:00 on 20 January 1940, Kapitan I. I. Popov, Kapitan Karachentsev and Starshiy Leytenant F. M. Fatkulin of the 3rd eskadrilya of 49 IAP claimed two shot down Finnish Fokker C.Xs 2-3km south-east of Nietjärvi.
These losses can’t be verified with Finnish records.

On 26 February 1940, LLv 44 lost one Blenheim on a reconnaissance mission north of Lake Ladoga when BL-199 force-landed at Syskyjärvi at 09:40. The crew of four, pilot kersantti Unto Oksala, observer luutnantti Andreas Platan, gunner vänrikki Oiva Hyttinen and mechanic Erkki Jaatinen were safe.
They had been attacked by an I-153 from 3rd eskadrilya of 49 IAP flown by Kapitan Karachentsev, who reported this claim at 08:15 between Syskyjärvi-Virakkalampi.

Karachentsev ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
  20/01/40 16:00 1/3 Fokker C.X (a) Shared destroyed I-153   2-3km SE Nietjärvi 3/49 IAP
  20/01/40 16:00 1/3 Fokker C.X (a) Shared destroyed I-153   2-3km SE Nietjärvi 3/49 IAP
1 26/02/40 09:40 1 Blenheim (b) Destroyed I-153   Syskyjärvi 3/49 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(b) BL-199 of LLv 44 shot down; the crew was safe.

Sources:
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5




Last modified 21 April 2014