Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

General Polkovnik Vasiliy Nikolayevich Kubarev HSU

Vasiliy Kubarev was born on 30 January 1918 in the Kalinin village of Nenayedovo.

He entered the army in 1938, attending the Odessa Military Air College, where he remained as an instructor after graduating.

He later served at the Konotopsk and Armavir Military Air Colleges until November 1941, when he was posted as deputy commander of the 653 IAP.

In March 1942, he claimed his first victory when he claimed a Bf 109 over the Crimea, while flying a Polikarpov I-152.
For this feat he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

On 18 March 1943, the 653 IAP became the 65 GIAP.

In 1943, Mayor Kubarev was commanding the unit on the Bryansk Front, taking part in the fighting over Kursk in July.

He claimed an Fw190 on 11 June.

On 12 July, he claimed two enemy aircraft in the Kursk area.

On one occasion, he was leading six Yak-7Bs to patrol the air space over the Oka River where they had a tussle with two gaggles consisting of four Ju 88s and eight Fw190s respectively 27 Ju 88s and 20 Fw190s.
In all, they destroyed four of the bombers and two escorts for no losses.

On 28 September, he awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and Order of Lenin.
In the citation of this award it is mentioned that he by August 1943 flown 114 sorties, been engaged in 53 combats and claimed 10 victories.

Kubarev ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 18.
During the war, he was additionally decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (two more times), the Order of Alexandr Nevskiy (twice), the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice) and the Order of the Red Star (twice).

He continued to serve in the Air Force after the war, graduating from the Air Academy in 1951 and the General Staff Academy nine years later in 1960.

He retired in 1981, as a General Polkovnik.
During his post-war career, he had been decorated with the Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner (three times) and the Order of the October Revolution.

After retirement, he wrote about his experiences in his book ”Atakuyut Gvardeitsy” (Guards in Attack).

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 ??/03/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-152   Crimea area 653 IAP
? 11/06/43   1 Fw190 Destroyed Yak-7B     65 GIAP
? 12/07/43   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed Yak-7B   Kursk area 65 GIAP
? 12/07/43   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed Yak-7B   Kursk area 65 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 18 and 28 shared destroyed.

Russian Fighter Aces of 1914-1953 years
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christopher Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 08 October 2007