Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Nikolay Korolyov

In December 1941, Starshiy Leytenant Korolyov served in the 71 IAP-KBF, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

Between 14:45-14:55 on 12 December 1941, a pair of Fokker D.XXIs of kapteeni Veikko Karu’s 2/LLv 30 engaged I-153s during a combat patrol over Koivisto-Seiskari. Karu (FR-160) and kersantti Helge Krohn (FR-159) claimed a shared I-153.
They had been in combat with I-153s from 71 IAP-KBF, which claimed one Fokker shot down as a shared between Starshiy Leytenants Ivan Tsapov and Korolyov near Seiskari Island.

On 13 July 1942, I-153s from 71 IAP-KBF were involved in combat with a reported group of “Severskies” north-east of Someri. One of them was claimed as a shared by Kapitan Korolyov, Starshiy Leytenant Vladimir Abramov, Starshiy Leytenant Ivan Minayev and Starshiy Leytenant Ivan Tsapov.
It seems that they had been involved in combat with luutantti Joel Savonen’s swarm of Buffaloes from 1/LeLv 24, which reported that they intercepted eight Chaikas in the Lavansaari area between 20:20-21:20. One of the I-153s was shot down over the island by ylikersantti Reino Malin (BW-366).

Koroljov ended the war with 2 shared biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  12/12/41 14:45-14:55 ½ Fokker D.XXI (a) Shared destroyed I-153   near Seiskari Island 71 IAP-KBF
  13/07/42 20:20-21:20 1/4 Buffalo (b) Shared destroyed I-153   NE Someri 71 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in combat with Fokker D.XXIs from 2/LLv 30, which didn’t suffer any losses.
(b) Claimed in combat with Brewster Buffaloes from 1/LeLv 24, which claimed one I-153 without losses. 71 IAP-KBF claimed one Buffalo and it seems that they didn’t suffer any losses.

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Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
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Last modified 28 January 2008