Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Viktor Iosifovich Krupskii HSU

Viktor Krupskii was born on 21 December 1921 in Kremenchug and learned to fly in an aeroclub.

He joined the army in 1938 and attended the Chuguyevsk Military Air School.

In July 1941 he was posted to the 147 IAP on the Karelian Front and here he claimed his first victory while flying I-153s.

During 1942 he was transferred to the 760 IAP on the same front.

Between 1 and 5 June, he claimed three reconnaissance Ju 88s.

In July 1942, after a year at the front, he had flown 240 sorties and claimed 4 victories and 8 shared.

On 22 February 1943 he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union.

He claimed an enemy aircraft on 25 March 1943.

In May 1943, he claimed three Ju 88s.

In August the same year he claimed a Do215.

During the war he was also decorated with the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, twice with the Order of Patriotic War 1st Class and the Order of Patriotic War 2nd Class.

Krupskii ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 10. These were claimed on 330 sorties. Some sources claim that Krupskii claimed 10 victories and 9 shared while other states that he claimed 15 victories without any shared.

Krupskii was demobilized in 1946 as a Podpolkovnik.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 10/07/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     147 IAP
  1942                
2 ??/06/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
3 ??/06/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
4 ??/06/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
  1943                
? 25/03/43   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       760 IAP
? ??/05/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
? ??/05/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
? ??/05/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed       760 IAP
? ??/08/43   1 Do215 Destroyed       760 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 10 and 9 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.




Last modified 29 November 2011