Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Aristotel Stepanovich Kavtaradze

Kavtaradze was a Georgian.

He finished a technical school in Mikha-Tskhakaya and then worked as a teacher. In 1931, he joined the komsomol and the Red Army on 9 October 1935.

In 1937, he graduated as a pilot.

After some initial postings, he was posted to 38 IAP in the Leningrad military district.

With this unit, he took part in the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-40.

At the time of the German attack on Soviet, he served as a flight commander.

On 13 July, he was killed when he rammed a Bf 109 in a head-on “taran” attack over Soltsy airfield.
The German aircraft was a Bf 109 flown by Oberleutnant Gerhard Ludwig of I./JG 54, who also was killed. The German fighters were escorting Ju 88 against the airfield in the Novogorod region near Lake Ilmen.
It seems that the “taran” was performed in the evening, since Oberleutnant Ludwig claimed an I-15 at 17:45.
Leytenant Ivan Balyuk claimed an Bf 109 over the airfield in the same combat.

At the time of his death, Kavtoradze was credited with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 13/07/41 p.m. 1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Soltsy area 38 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack against Oberleutnant Gerhard Ludwig of I/JG 54, who also was killed.

All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Black Cross/Red Star Volume I - Christer Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov, 2000 Pacifica Military History, ISBN 0-935553-48-7
Germanskiye asy na vostochnom fronte 1 (1941-43) – Dmirtiy Khazanov kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Luftwaffe Claims Lists - Tony Wood
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 13 March 2020