Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Karatayev

1919 –

Date Decoration Note
06/11/41 Order of the Red Banner  
12/03/42 Order of the Red Star  
01/11/44 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class  
14/03/45 Order of Aleksandr Nevsky  
15/11/50 Medal ”For Military Merit”  
11/03/85 Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class  

Yevgeniy Karatayev was born in 1919.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshiy leitenant Karatayev served in 17 IAP. This regiment operated on the South-Western Front and was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

The regiment was withdrawn from the front on 3 July 1941 and between July and August they retrained on the LaGG-3.

On 10 August, the returned to combat operation on the South-Western Front with their LaGG-3s.

On 12 May 1942, the regiment was included in the Bryansk Front but on 7 July, they were transferred to the newly formed Voronezh Front.

Between 3 January 1943 and 31 January 1944, they retrained on the Airacobra.

On 3 June 1944, the regiment returned to combat operations on the 1st Baltic Front with their Airacobras.

When the war in Europe ended in May 1945, the 17 IAP was posted to the Far East and took part in the campaign against Japan between 9 August and 3 September 1945, flying Kingcobras.
In the campaign against Japan, the regiment flew 78 combat missions and was involved in one aerial combat resulting in one aerial victory. However, Karatayev didn’t take part in this combat.

Major Karatayev ended the war with 2 shared biplane victories and a total of 2.
These had been claimed during 413 combat missions (as of May 1945).

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  22/06/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   South-Western Front 17 IAP
  25/06/41   1/? Hs 126 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   South-Western Front 17 IAP
  15/08/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   South-Western Front 17 IAP
1 27/11/41   1 Hs 126 Destroyed LaGG-3   South-Western Front 17 IAP
  18/02/42   1/2 ”Me 115” Shared destroyed LaGG-3   South-Western Front 17 IAP
  19/07/42   1/? Ju 87 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Voronezh Front 17 IAP
2 15/08/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Airacobra   1st Baltic Front 17 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 5 shared destroyed.

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Last modified 17 October 2021