Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Grigoriy Alekseyevich Kupcha

1916 –

Date Decoration Note
25/10/38 Order of the Red Banner  

Grigoriy Kupcha was born in 1916.

He graduated from Voroshilovgrad flying school in 1936.

Starshina Kupcha took part in the short conflict over Lake Khasan against Japan in 1938, flying I-15bis in 48 IAP.

With 4./48 IAP, leitenant Kupcha took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940, flying I-153s between February and March 1940.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Kupcha served in 127 IAP. This regiment was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

Sometime during 1941 he was posted away from 127 IAP and in January 1942, he was posted to 161 IAP. This regiment was equipped with Yak-1s and operated on the North-Western Front.

On 19 March 1942, he didn’t did not return from a combat mission and was declared as MIA.

He was in captivity until 7 July 1942. The circumstances of his return has not been established and after a check-up, he was sent to penal infantry units and fought as part of the 1st front-line penal battalion of the Western Front.

From 10 November 1943, he served in 1 ZAP (as VRID navigator) of the Moscow Military District.

Kupcha ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

On 10 September 1946, he was convicted by the Military Tribunal of the Moscow Military District for treason and desertion, sentenced to 10 years in labour camp with a loss of rights for 5 years and deprivation of the military rank of kapitan.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  22/06/41   1/? Ju 87 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Grodno area 127 IAP
  22/06/41   1/? Ju 87 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Grodno area 127 IAP
1 22/06/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Grodno area 127 IAP
  10/01/42   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Yak-1   North-Western Front 161 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 3 shared destroyed.

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

Last modified 14 January 2022