Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Viktor Nikolaevich Makutin

1922 - 14 December 1942

Makutin was born in 1922 in Kharkov.

Makutin served with the 84-A IAP. This unit was formed on 6 August 1942 with 16 I-153s and flew in North Caucasus. The unit was mainly used for ground attack missions. During 4 ½ month they shot and strafed 122 German aircraft on the ground, destroyed 319 tanks, 1087 trucks, 24 guns, 222 Flaks and machine-gun Flaks. The most experienced pilots from this unit later served in the 16 GIAP.

During his time with this unit he claimed at least three Bf 109s.

Makutin was killed on 14 December 1942 in a “taran” ramming attack near Soldatskaya, when he rammed a Bf 109 head-on.

At the time of his death Makutin was credited with 3 victories, all of them claimed while flying the Polikarpov I-153.

Makutin was posthumously awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1     1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     84-A IAP
2     1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153     84-A IAP
3 14/12/42   1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Soldatskaya area 84-A IAP

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a "taran" ramming attack.

Eskadrilia vediot boi - K. Suhov, 1983 kindly provided by Alexey V. Andreev.
Additional information kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov.

Last modified 15 March 2007