Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Ivan Ignatyevich Kovtun

1915 - 22 June 1941

Kovtun was born in 1915 in the Kharkov region.

In June 1941 Kovtun served in the 62 ShAP of the 63 SmAD (Composite Air Division).

At 12:00 on 22 June 1941 he was killed while deliberately ramming a Junkers Ju 88 with his burning I-153 near Lisyatichi, in the L'vov region, Ukraine.
During this day KG51 lost 15 Ju 88s over West Ukraine and KG55 lost ten He 111s.

At the time of his death Kovtun was credited with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 22/06/41 12:00 1 Ju 88 (a) Destroyed I-153   Lisyatichi area 62 ShAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

Triumf a tragedie - Milos Sedivy and Valerii Dymich, 2001 Svet kridel, ISBN-80-85280-70-1 kindly provided by Tomáš Polák
Additional information kindly provided by Yuri V. Shakhov.

Last modified 20 December 2004