Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Viktor Nikolayevich Makutin

1922 - 14 December 1942

Date Decoration Note
??/??/4? Order of the Red Banner Posthumously

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.

Leitenant Makutin was killed on 14 December 1942 in a “taran” ramming attack east off Soldatskaya, when he rammed a Bf 109 head-on.
This was Bf 109 G-2 WNr. 13881 (VC+LC) from 7./JG 52, which had taken off from Soldatskaya and was flown by Unteroffizier Friedrich Heeg, who became a PoW.

At the time of his death Makutin was credited with 1 biplane victory.

Makutin was posthumously awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

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

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a "taran" ramming attack. Bf 109 G-2 WNr. 13881 (VC+LC) from 7./JG 52 (pilot PoW).

Eskadrilia vediot boi - K. Suhov, 1983 kindly provided by Alexey V. Andreev.
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
Additional information kindly provided by Michael Balss and Yuri Shakhov.

Last modified 15 March 2007