Starshiy Leitenant Ivan Grigor'yevich Kasatkin
|23/05/44||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|03/11/44||Medal ”For Military Merit”|
|15/11/50||Order of the Red Star|
|05/11/54||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|11/03/85||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class|
Ivan Kasatkin was born in 1913.
He graduated from the Yeysk flight school in 1936.
Starshiy leitenant Kasatkin served in 12 OIAE-KBF of the Baltic Fleet during the Soviet-Finnish Winter War, taking part between February and March and flying Polikarpov I-153s.
Totally he flew eight combat missions during this conflict
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, he served in 71 IAP-KBF, still flying I-153s.
Pavel Pavlov and starshiy leitenant Kasatkin claimed a shared Hs 126 over Rakvere on 4 August 1941.
He was posted away from 71 IAP-KBF in October 1941 and in December he was posted to 78 IAP-SF of the Northern Fleet. With this unit he flew Hurricanes,
In April 1942 he was posted from 78 IAP-KBF to 2 GIAP-SF.
On 13 May 1942, he was seriously wounded after force-landing after air combat.
After recovery he didn’t serve in the frontline but instead took up service in the rear.
Kasatkin ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
This had been claimed during more than 160 combat missions and 10 air battles.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|04/08/41||1/2||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||I-153||Rakvere||71 IAP-KBF|
|1||08/08/41||1||Hs 126||Destroyed||I-153||71 IAP-KBF|
Biplane victories: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
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