Starshii Leitenant Ivan Grigorievich Kasatkin
Ivan Kasatkin was born in 1913.
He graduated from the flight school in 1936.
Starshii 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.
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.
He was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner on 23 May 1944.
Kasatkin ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
This had been claimed during more than 160 combat missions and 10 air battles.
Post-war, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Star (1949), a second Order of the Red Banner (5 November 1954) and Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (11 March 1985).
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|04/08/41||1/2||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||I-153||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.
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov