Kapitan Konstantin Andrianovich Kiryanov
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 19 May, the Yak-1s from 429 IAP was in combat in the Stalingrad area and Aleksey Kovalev (CO 429 IAP) claimed one Bf 109 while Kiryanov claimed a ”Me 115”.
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).
The Yak-7Bs fought FW 190s and Ju 87s on 16 March 1943. Aleksey Kovalev (CO 875 IAP) claimed two FW 190s; one over Schelgunovo and one over Onufrievo while Kiryanov claimed one FW 190 over Schelgunovo and one Ju 87 west of Onufrievo.
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.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|10/09/41||1/2||He 111||Shared destroyed||I-15bis||E Bolshoye Gorodishche||252 IAP|
|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||Volokitino||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|
|5||14/01/43||1||Fw 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Schelkovo||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||Barskiye Kuliki||875 IAP|
|8||09/03/43||1||He 111||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Slugino||875 IAP|
|9||16/03/43||1||Fw 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Schelgunovo||875 IAP|
|10||16/03/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Onufrievo||875 IAP|
|11||17/03/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Dumchino-Storozhevoye-Druzhnyy||875 IAP|
|12||29/06/43||1||Fw 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Ivan-Berozka||66 GIAP|
|13||13/07/43||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Tolkachevo||66 GIAP|
|14||01/08/43||1||Fw 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Krasnyy-Obraztsovka||66 GIAP|
|15||01/08/43||1||Fw 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Pogosovo-Gavrilovka||66 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 15 and 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed as a “Me 115”.
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953