Polkovnik Vladimir Alekseyevich Kitayev
|20/05/40||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|01/09/43||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||1st|
|03/11/43||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|08/04/44||Order of Kutuzov, 2nd Class||1st|
|02/07/43||Order of the Red Banner||3rd|
|03/11/44||Order of the Red Star|
|29/05/45||Order of Kutuzov, 2nd Class||2nd|
|05/11/46||Order of the Red Banner||4th|
|11/03/85||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||2nd|
Vladimir Kitayev was born in 1908.
He graduated from the flight school at Kachinskaya in 1929.
Polkovnik Vladimir Kitayev served in 49 IAP during the Winter War in 1939-40. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
At 16:45 on 22 January 1940, 49 IAP claimed one Fokker D.XXI and one biplane fighter shot down over Sortavala.
These two claims were shared between starshiy leitenant Ivan Murazanov (I-16), starshiy leitenant I. S. Savushkin (I-16), mladshiy leitenant Sergey Goriunov (I-16), polkovnik Kitayev (I-153), kapitan I. I. Popov (I-153) and starshiy leitenant Vladimir Peshkov (I-153).
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records and it seems that in fact the biplane was a Soviet I-15bis flown by mladshiy leitenant A. F. Rumayantsev, who became MIA.
Polkovnik Kitayev served in the HQ of 72 IAD from January 1942 to March 1942.
In July 1942, Kitayev was posted to the HQ of 283 IAD.
On 12 December 1942, Kitayev (283 IAD) and Dimitry Rodin (520 IAP) claimed one Ju 52/3m each between Krivomuzchinskaya and Bol'shaya Rossoshka. Kitayev claimed an additional Bf 109 in the same area.
Kitayev left 283 IAD in March 1943, when he was posted to the HQ of 4 GIAD where he remained until the end of the war.
Kitajev ended the war with 2 shared biplane victories and a total of 5.
These had been claimed during 123 combat missions.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|22/01/40||16:45||1/6||Fokker D.XXI (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Sortavala||49 IAP|
|22/01/40||16:45||1/6||Biplane fighter (b)||Destroyed||I-153||Sortavala||49 IAP|
|1||30/11/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||Yak-1||W Krasnyy Pakhar'||283 IAD|
|2||30/11/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||Yak-1||W Krasnyy Pakhar'||283 IAD|
|4||12/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Krivomuzchinskaya - Bol'shaya Rossoshka||283 IAD|
|5||08/08/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-1, Yak-9, Yak-3||W Naryshkino||4 GIAD|
Biplane victories: 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(b) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
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