Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kaptain Pavel Petrovich Kelin

1913 – 30 May 1943

Pavel Kelin was born in 1913.

Leitenant Kelin took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 flying Polikarpov I-153s in 149 IAP.

When Germany invade the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, he served in 92 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s and MiG-3s.

He left 92 IAP in October 1941.

In March 1942, he was posted to 426 IAP, flying LaGG-3s with this unit.

He left 426 IAP in May 1942.

In September 1942, he was posted to 3 GIAP, flying LaGG-3s and La-5s with this unit.

Kelin was killed in a flying accident on 30 May 1943.

At the time of his death, Kelin was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 12.
During his career he had been decorated with the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
1 26/02/40 15:00 1 Fokker Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Kouvola 149 IAP
  1941                
  01/09/41   1/2 Fw 189 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Begah area 92 IAP
  1942                
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   Paula area 426 IAP
5 09/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Paula area 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     3 GIAP
7 07/12/42   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed La-5     3 GIAP
8 07/12/42   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed La-5     3 GIAP
9 12/12/42   1 Bf 110 Destroyed La-5   Vodyansky 3 GIAP
10 12/12/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     3 GIAP
11 12/12/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5   Chelikov 3 GIAP
  1943                
13 22/02/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Alekseevka 3 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 12 and 3 shared destroyed.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953




Last modified 08 April 2019