Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Viktor Gavrilovich Karelin

1921 – 3 December 1942

Viktor Karelin was born in 1921.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshii leitenant Karelin served in 2 IAP flying Polikarpov I-153s.

Karelin was posted away from 2 IAP in September 1941.

In February 1942, he was posted to 133 IAP. With this unit he flew I-153s and Yak-7Bs.

On 23 February 1942, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner and he received a second Order of the Red Banner on 17 October 1942.

Leitenant Karelin didn’t return from a combat mission on 3 December 1942.

At the time of his death, Karelin was credited with 2 biplane victories and a total of 4.
These had been claimed during 145 combat missions and 32 air combats (as of 24 April 1942).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 10/08/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     2 IAP
  1942                
  24/03/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     133 IAP
  24/03/42   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     133 IAP
2 09/04/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     133 IAP
3 29/10/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B     133 IAP
4 29/10/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B     133 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 4 and 2 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 04 October 2019