Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Konstantin Ionovich Korshunov HSU

17 October 1920 – 8 March 205

Konstantin Korshunov was born on 17 October 1920.

He Joined the Red Army in 1939 and graduated from Borisoglebsk military aviation school in 1940.

In June 1941, Mladshii Leitenant Korshunov served in 194 IAP, flying I-153s with this unit.

Korshunov was posted from 194 IAP in September 1941 and posted to 127 IAP, which was also flying Polikarpov I-153s.

In December 1941, he was posted to 154 IAP.
With this unit, Korshunov flew Tomahawks, Kittyhawks, Yak-7s and Yak-9s.

He was decorated with the Order of the Red Star on 26 February 1942.

The P-40s from 154 IAP intercepted German Ju 88s in the Kordynia area on 1 April 1942.
A Ju 88 was claimed as a shared by six pilots east of Kordynia, including Petr Pokryshev (Kittyhawk) and Korshunov (Tomahawk). Petr Pokryshev claimed an additional Ju 88 in the same area before claiming a second shared Ju 88 with four other pilots north of Kordyunia.
Korshunov claimed a shared Ju 87 with two other pilots south of Zenino and a second shared Ju 87 with five other pilots south-east of Kordynia.

On 22 November 1942, the 154 IAP became the 29 GIAP.

He was decorated with his first Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 20 January 1943.

On 13 February 1943, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In November 1943, Starshii Leitenant Korshunov was commander of an Eskadrilia.

He was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 3134) on 4 February 1944. At the same time he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

Kapitan Korshunov ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 14.
These where claimed during around 580 combat missions and 95 air combats.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice) and the Order of the Red Star.

He continued to serve in the air Force after the war.

He was decorated with his second Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 11 March 1985.

Korshunov passed away on 8 March 2005.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  24/08/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153     194 IAP
  24/08/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153     194 IAP
1 20/10/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Lake Ladoga 127 IAP
  1942                
  01/04/42   1/6 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Tomahawk   E Kordynia 154 IAP
  01/04/42   1/3 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Tomahawk   S Zenino 154 IAP
  01/04/42   1/6 Ju 87 Shared destroyed Tomahawk   SE Kordynia 154 IAP
  04/04/42   1/5 Hs 126 Shared destroyed Tomahawk   S Malinovka 154 IAP
  15/04/42   1/5 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Tomahawk     154 IAP
2 02/09/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Kittyhawk     154 IAP
3 02/09/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Kittyhawk     154 IAP
4 02/09/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Kittyhawk     154 IAP
5 14/09/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Kittyhawk     154 IAP
  1943                
6 26/01/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
7 25/03/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
8 30/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
9 04/04/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
10 13/04/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7   W Pushkin 29 GIAP
11 05/06/43   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
12 05/06/43   1 He 111 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
13 08/06/43   1 He 111 Destroyed Yak-7     29 GIAP
14 07/09/43   1 Brewster Destroyed Yak-7   Lake Ladoga 29 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 14 and 7 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 27 August 2018