Kaptain Pavel Petrovich Kel'in
|07/04/40||Order of the Red Banner|
|23/06/42||Order of Lenin|
|27/04/43||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class|
Pavel Kel'in was born in Vladimir in 1913.
He joined the Red Army in August 1935.
Leitenant Kel'in took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 flying Polikarpov I-153s in 149 IAP.
149 IAP was formed on 31 January 1940 at Pushkin based on elements from 38 IAP and was attached to VVS SZFr. Reinforcements was received from 25 IAP (16 I-16s for 1st Eskadrilya), from 51 IAP (14 I-153s for 2nd eskadrilya arrived on 14 February 1940 from Leningrad) and from the Air Force Academy (VVA) in Moscow.
On 1 February, 149 IAP moved to Vejno west of Lake Peipus (Chudskoye ozero).
At 15:00 on 26 February 1940, 149 IAP was involved in combat over Kouvola when starshiy leitenant Viktor Vilchik claimed a monoplane (Fiat?). Leitenant Kel'in and leitenant Aleksandr Salov claimed one Fokker each (both flying Polikarpov I-153s). Leitenant Begrov and starshiy leitenant Pindyukov shared a fighter ”equipped with open radial engine” (this is clearly referring to a Fiat).
Urgently needed on the front, LLv 26 used only ten days in Fiat training before the baptism of fire. Luutnantti Olli Puhakka (FA-4) took his pair to combat bombers and fighters south of Kouvola. Over Pyhtää, he claimed one I-16 and his wingman vänrikki Kauko Linnamaa (FA-9) claimed one probable DB-3 (from 1 AP). Puhakka also claimed a damaged I-15bis over Kotka during the same combat.
When Germany invade the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Kel'in served in 92 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s and MiG-3s.
On 25 June, he crashed with his aircraft.
He left 92 IAP in October 1941.
In March 1942, he was posted to 426 IAP, flying LaGG-3s with this unit.
On 16 May 1942, he was wounded and hospitalised.
After this, he left 426 IAP.
On 20 September 1942, he was posted to 3 GIAP, flying LaGG-3s and La-5s with this unit.
On 22 February 1943, he was presented to the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, but did not receive it (he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class, instead)
Kel'in was severely wounded in a flying accident on 30 May 1943 and died the day after.
At the time of his death, Kel'in was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 12.
These had been claimed during around 200 combat missions.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||26/02/40||15:00||1||Fokker (a)||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Kouvola||149 IAP|
|01/09/41||1/2||Fw 189||Shared destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||N Begach||92 IAP|
|2||30/03/42||1||”Me 115”||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Ramushevo||426 IAP|
|3||01/05/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Sherebut’||426 IAP|
|4||01/05/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Sherebut’||426 IAP|
|03/05/42||1/2||Ju 88||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Pola station||426 IAP|
|5||09/05/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Pola station||426 IAP|
|11/05/42||1/2||Ju 88||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Byakov - Demidovo||426 IAP|
|6||02/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Krasnyy Pakhar'||3 GIAP|
|7||07/12/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||La-5||Krasnyy Pakhar'||3 GIAP|
|8||07/12/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||La-5||Krasnyy Pakhar'||3 GIAP|
|9||12/12/42||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||La-5||Vodyanskiy||3 GIAP|
|10||12/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||sovkhoz Krep'||3 GIAP|
|11||12/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Chelikov||3 GIAP|
|13||22/02/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||Alekseyevka||3 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 12 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Probably claimed in combat with Fiat G.50s from LLv 26, which claimed 1 destroyed I-16 and 1 damaged I-15bis without losses. 149 IAP claimed 4 destroyed enemy fighters without losses.
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