Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Emelyan Filaretovich Kondrat

In October 1936 he went to Spain (arriving on 20 October) as a member of the first group of volunteers to fly in the Spanish Civil War, using the nom de guerre ’Konrad’.
In Spain, he served in the 1a Escuadrilla, which was equipped with I-15s.

By 9 December, he was credited with 1 shared He 51.

In January 1937, two Chato flights commanded by Evgeniy Erlykin and Anton Kovalevskii flew south to Malaga. A third Soviet pilot, Kondrat, was also a member of one of the flights, but the remaining five pilots were Spanish.

On 3 February 1937, the detachment of the Escuadrilla Rychagov (I-15) at Malaga fought with three He 51s and claimed all three shot down. It seems that Leitenant Nikolay Artemyev claimed one of them while Leitenant Kondrat and Viktor Matyunin claimed a shared. The third was claimed by a Spanish pilot.

In mid-February, Evgeniy Erlykin and Kondrat were recalled from Malaga to the central theatre near Madrid, and the Spanish pilot Emilio Galeta was promoted to detachment commander.

Kondrat left Spain on 7 April 1937.
During his time in Spain he claimed 3 and 3 shared victories flying the I-15. He took part in 180 operational sorties in Spain.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  ??/??/36   1 He 51 Shared destroyed I-15   Spain 1a Escuadrilla
  03/02/37   1/2 He 51 Shared destroyed I-15   Malaga area Escuadrilla Rychagov
  ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-15   Spain 1a Escuadrilla
1 ??/??/3?   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Spain 1a Escuadrilla
2 ??/??/3?   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Spain 1a Escuadrilla
3 ??/??/3?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-15   Spain 1a Escuadrilla

Biplane victories: 3 and 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 and 3 shared destroyed.

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Last modified 05 April 2016