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.
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.
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
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.