Leytenant Leonid Khomutov
In June 1941 Khomutov was a member of the 96 Otdelnaya Aviaeskadrilya (OIAE - independent squadron). The commanding officer of this unit was Kapitan Alexandr Korobitzin. The unit was based on Ismail airfield and equipped three Polikarpov I-153s and fourteen Polikarpov I-152s.
During the Axis attack on Soviet Union in June 1941 Rumanian forces attacked the part of the front that included Izmail.
At 14:00 on 22 June 1941, fourteen I-152s and three I-153s of 96 OIAE attacked fourteen Romanian PZL P.37s of Escadrila 76 and 77 over the Danube in southern Bessarabia, claiming five of them shoot down (including two by I-152s).
The 96 OIAE commander Kapitan Alexandr Korobitzin and Leytenant Mikhail Maksimov (whose victim fell into the Danube River) each claimed a destroyed. A shared was claimed by the pilots in Maksimov's flight. One shared was claimed by Starshiy Leytenant Lavrentiy Borisov, deputy commander of 96 OIAE, and Leytenant Nikolai Cherkasov. The fifth, finally, was claimed as a shared between Leytenant Vasiliy Kuroedov (flight commander), Leytenant Khomutov, Leytenant Alexandr Evstigneev and Leytenant Shota Gogmachadze.
The P.37s were escorted by six Rumanian Hurricane Is, which claimed four victories. The Soviet forces, however, didn't sustain any losses but in the combat was Leytenant Boris Maslov slightly wounded in left shoulder while flying an I-152s.
Three of their victories were later confirmed to the 96 OAE pilots. Fortelor Aeriene Regal ale România (FARR - Royal Romanian Air Force) lost 11 planes this day but only two of them were P.37 Los and these were claimed to have been shot down by anti-aircraft fire.
Khomutov ended the war with 1 shared biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|22/06/41||14:00||1/4||PZL P.34 (a)||Shared destroyed||I-152 (b)||Danube River area||96 OIAE|
Heinkel He 112 in action - Dénes Bernád, 1996 Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Morskie letchiki v oborone Odessy - A.P. Dorokhov, 1982 Mayak, Odessa, kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov
Rumanian Air Force: The Prime Decade, 1938-1947 - Dénes Bernád, 1999 Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, ISBN 0-89747-402-3
Sovetskaya aviacia nad morem - Sergey Bogatyrev, 1999 Aviacia i Vremya 3/99, Ukraine kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Vtorzhenye, part III - Dmitriy Khazanov, 1996 Aviacia i Vremya 5/96, Ukraine kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Additional information kindly provided by Mirek Wawrzynski