Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Konstantin Andrianovich Kiryanov

21 May 1920 – 27 August 1943

Konstantin Kiryanov was born on 21 May 1920.

He joined the Red Army in 1939 and graduated from Borisoglebsk military aviation school in 1940.

In September 1941, Mladshii Leitenant Kiryanov served in 252 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-15bis.

In May 1942, he was posted to 429 IAP, flying Yak-1s.

On 12 July 1942, 429 IAP was renamed to 875 IAP.

875 IAP was re-equipped with Yak-7Bs between 6 August and 16 September 1942. They started to take part in combat operations again on 22 October 1942.

He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner on 6 February 1943 (he was decorated with this award twice).

On 18 March 1943, 875 IAP became 66 GIAP.

On 1 May 1943, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 930) and the Order of Lenin.

He was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevskii on 2 August 1943.

Kapitan Kiryanov was killed in a plane crash on 27 August 1943.

At the time of his death, Kiryanov was credited with 1 shared biplane victory and a total of 15.
These had been claimed during around 350 missions.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  10/09/41   1/2 He 111 Shared destroyed I-15bis     252 IAP
  1942                
1 19/05/42   1 Enemy aircraft (a) Destroyed Yak-1   Stalingrad area 429 IAP
2 03/12/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
3 28/12/42   1 He 111 Destroyed Yak-7B   Velikie Luki 875 IAP
4 29/12/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B   SW Velikie Luki 875 IAP
5 29/12/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B   SW Velikie Luki 875 IAP
  1943                
5 14/01/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
6 14/01/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B   SW Velikie Luki 875 IAP
7 07/03/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
8 09/03/43   1 He 111 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
9 16/03/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
10 16/03/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
11 17/03/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-7B     875 IAP
12 29/06/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     66 GIAP
13 13/07/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-7B     66 GIAP
14 01/08/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     66 GIAP
15 01/08/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7B     66 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 15 and 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed as a “Me 115”.

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




Last modified 18 October 2018