Major Ivan Dmitriyevich Leonov HSU
11 September 1915 – 30 May 1944
|29/12/41||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|05/02/42||Order of the Red Star|
|22/07/43||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|01/11/43||Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union||No. 1274|
|01/11/43||Order of Lenin|
|05/09/44||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class|
Ivan Leonov was born in Lviv on 15 September 1915.
He joined the Red Army on 18 March 1938 and graduated from Odessa Military Aviation School in 1939.
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshiy leitenant Leonov served in 2 IAP. This regiment was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
On 18 March 1943, 2 IAP became a guard’s unit and renamed to 85 GIAP.
He distinguished himself in the battles during the liberation of Melitopol and for this kapitan Leonov was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 1274) and the Order of Lenin on 1 November 1943.
On 30 May 1944, major Leonov was killed in an air accident.
At the time of his death, Leonov was credited with 4 shared biplane victories and a total of 5.
These had been claimed during 288 combat missions.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|05/07/41||1/?||Ju 87||Shared destroyed||I-153||Kiev region||2 IAP|
|28/07/41||1/?||Ju 88||Shared destroyed||I-153||Kiev region||2 IAP|
|04/08/41||1/?||He 111||Shared destroyed||I-153||Kiev region||2 IAP|
|08/08/41||1/?||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||I-153||Kiev region||2 IAP|
|1||10/06/42||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Kharkov region||2 IAP|
|2||11/06/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||LaGG-3||E Semonovka||2 IAP|
|3||22/06/42||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||LaGG-3||Kupyansk||2 IAP|
|4||27/02/43||1||He 111||Destroyed||Yak-1||SW Politotdel'skoye||2 IAP|
|5||31/07/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||SE D'yakovo||85 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 and 4 shared destroyed.
All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
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