Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Mikhail Mikhaylovich Kologrivov HSU

19 November 1919 – 2 August 1964

Decorations
Date Decoration Note
05/11/44 Hero of the Soviet Union No. 3819
05/11/44 Order of Lenin  
08/12/41 Order of the Red Banner 1st
09/08/42 Order of the Red Banner 2nd
22/05/43 Order of the Red Banner 3rd
29/04/44 Order of Aleksandr Nevsky  
??/??/?? Order of the Red Star  

Mikhail Kologrivov was born in Kokshaysk on 19 November 1919.

He graduated from school in Leningrad before joining the Navy in 1937.
In 1939, he graduated from Yeyskoye Flight School.

Before the war, he served in 8 IAP-ChF, which was part of the Black Sea Fleet Air Force and based at Yevpatoriya.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy leitenant Kologrivov still served in 8 IAP-ChF as a flight commander. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 3 April 1942, 8 IAP-ChF became a guard’s unit and renamed to 6 GIAP-ChF.

Four Yak-1s claimed a shared Ju 87 over Myskhako on 17 March 1943. Known pilots are Kologrivov and Mikhail Avdeyev.

By 10 June 1944, kapitan Kologrivov was CO of 2./6 IAP-ChF and had flown 538 combat missions.

On 5 November 1944, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 3819) and the Order of Lenin.

Kologrivov ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 8.
These had been claimed during about 600 combat missions and 67 air combats.
During his combat career, he flew I-153, Yak-1, Yak-9 and Yak-3.

After the war, he continued to serve in the Naval aviation. In October 1945, he was appointed deputy commander of an aviation regiment. In 1950 he entered the Air Force Academy, from which he graduated in 1955. He commanded a fighter aviation regiment.

From April 1957, podpolkovnik.Kologrivov was placed in the reserve.

He lived in Odessa and died on 16 July 1964.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 17/12/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Sevastopol 8 IAP-ChF
  1942                
2 20/03/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-153   Sevastopol 8 IAP-ChF
  20/03/42   1/2 Ju 87 Shared destroyed I-153   Sevastopol 8 IAP-ChF
  1943                
  17/03/43   1/4 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Yak-1   Myskhako 6 GIAP-ChF
  18/03/43   1/2 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Yak-1   Fal’shivyy Gelendzhik 6 GIAP-ChF
3 10/04/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-1   Cape Doob 6 GIAP-ChF
4 05/05/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-1   W of Crimean 6 GIAP-ChF
  1944                
5 23/01/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9   Kerch 6 GIAP-ChF
6 10/02/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9   Malyy Babchik 6 GIAP-ChF
7 01/04/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9   Kizaul lighthouse 6 GIAP-ChF
  30/04/44   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Yak-9   NW Khersones lighthouse 6 GIAP-ChF
8 08/05/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9   Sevastopol 6 GIAP-ChF

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 8 and 4 shared destroyed.

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




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