Marchenko served in 5./7 IAP during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
At 11:10 on 10 March 1940, luutnantti Tauno Ollikainen of LLv 14 was involved in combat with I-153s. He crashed into trees in Gladiator GL-279 at Kirvu and was killed.
It seems that luutnantti Ollikainen was shot down by Marchenko of 5./7 IAP (I-153), who reportedly claimed an enemy fighter during the day.
It’s also possible that the Gladiator was claimed by 68 IAP, which according to some sources claimed a “Bulldog” during the day.
Marchenko ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||10/03/40||11:10||1||Gladiator (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Kirvu||5./7 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Probably Gladiator GL-279 of LLv 14 shot down and luutnantti Ollikainen KIA.
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