Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Grigoriy Vasil'yevich Kraynov

1914 – 7 November 1942

Decorations
Date Decoration Note
21/04/40 Order of the Red Banner 1st
19/02/42 Order of the Red Banner 2nd

Grigoriy Kraynov was born in 1914.

He graduated from Yeyskaya Flight School in 1936.

Leitenant Kraynov took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War where he served in 12 OIAE-KBF of the Baltic Fleet between January 1940 and March 1940, flying Polikarpov I-15bis.

On 15 February 1940, eight pilots from 12 OIAE-KBF claimed a shared Fokker D.XXI over Lappeenranta. Known pilots were leitenant Kraynov, leitenant Ivan Polyakh and starshiy leitenant Semen Lvov.

During the Winter War, he flew 20 combat missions and claimed one shared biplane victory.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy leitenant Kraynov still served in 12 OIAE-KBF. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

Kapitan Kraynov was killed in air combat on 7 November 1942.

At the time of his death, Kraynov was credited with 5 shared biplane victories and a total of 2.
These had been claimed during 200 combat missions and 18 air combats (as of 21 November 1941).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
  15/02/40   1/8 Fokker D.XXI Shared destroyed I-15bis   Lappeenranta 12 OIAE-KBF
  1941                
  09/07/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     12 OIAE-KBF
  26/07/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     12 OIAE-KBF
  26/07/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     12 OIAE-KBF
  22/09/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153     12 OIAE-KBF
  1942                
  20/07/42   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed MiG-3     12 OIAE-KBF
1 22/10/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed MiG-3     12 OIAE-KBF
2 07/11/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed MiG-3     12 OIAE-KBF

Biplane victories: 5 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 6 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 08 September 2020