Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Nikolai Ivanovich Kovalev

1917 –

Nikolai Kovalev was born in 1917.

Kovalev to part in the battle of Khalkhin Gol in 1939, where he flew I-15bis and I-153s in 56 IAP. It seems that he didn’t make any claims during this conflict. However, his autobiography states that he took part in 20 air combats during which he claimed five Japanese aircraft but this isn’t confirmed by any archival documents.

In 1939-1940, he took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War, flying I-153s in 38 IAP. He didn’t make any claims during this period.

In August 1941, he was posted to 348/743 IAP, flying I-153s with this unit.

On 30 March 1942, Leitenant Kovalev and Starshii Leitenant Sergei Petukhov claimed a shared He 111 in the Chelochik area on the Crimean.

He left 348/743 IAP in May 1942 and in August, he was posted to 822 IAP, flying LaGG-3s with this unit.

In April 1943, he left 822 IAP when he was posted to 907 IAP. With this unit, he flew La-5s.

He left 907 IAP in May 1944 when he was posted to 495 IAP. He flew La-5s with this unit but didn’t make any claims.

In July 1944, he left 495 IAP and was posted to 960 IAP. He flew Yak-7s and Yak-9s with this unit but didn’t make any claims.

Kovalev ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 9.
These had been claimed during 370 combat missions and 82 air combats.
During his career, he had been decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (three times), the Order of the Patriotic War and the Order of the Red Star (three times).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942                
  30/03/42   1/2 He 111 Shared destroyed I-153   Chelochik area 348/743 IAP
1 08/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Kerch 348/743 IAP
2 09/05/42   1 He 111 Destroyed I-153   Kerch 348/743 IAP
  17/09/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     822 IAP
3 10/10/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   E Naurskaia 822 IAP
  30/10/42   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     822 IAP
  1943                
4 22/05/43 (a)   1 Enemy bomber Destroyed La-5   Kursk 907 IAP
5 22/05/43 (a)   1 Enemy bomber Destroyed La-5   Kursk 907 IAP
6 02/06/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5   Kursk 907 IAP
  1944                
7 09/02/44   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed La-5     907 IAP
8 09/02/44   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed La-5   Cherepin 907 IAP
9 11/02/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     907 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 9 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed during the period from 22 May to 2 June 1943.

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




Last modified 11 September 2017