Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Vasiliy Grigorevich Kashtanov

1909 – 21 August 1941

Kashtanov was born in 1909.

Kapitan Kashtanov served as CO of the 4./38 IAP during the Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 17 February 1940, Kapitan Kashtanov and Starshiy Leytenant Shepetov of 4./38 IAP claimed two Fokkers at Turku.
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.

Kapitan Kashtanov flew 27 operational sorties during the Winter War.

On 21 August 1941, Kashtanov claimed one enemy aircraft in a ”taran” ramming attack.
The taran-attack took place over Demyansk and Kashtanov was killed.

At the time of his death, Kashtanov was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 6.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 17/02/40   1 Fokker (a) Destroyed I-153   Turku area 4./38 IAP
? 21/08/41   1 Enemy aircraft (b) Destroyed     Demyansk  

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.
(b) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 26 August 2018