Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladshiy Leitenant S. B. Masnikov

Mladshiy leitenant Masnikov served in 3./7 IAP during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 20 February, 7 IAP claimed six destroyed and three destroyed on the ground. The I-153s from 3./7 IAP claimed four Bulldogs between Hanhijärvi – Lappeenranta when starshiy leitenant Aleksey Baranov claimed two, mladshiy leitenant Nikolay Ivanov claimed one while mladshiy leitenant Ivan Dubovik and mladshiy leitenant Masnikov claimed the fourth as a shared. starshiy leitenant Baranov and mladshiy leitenant Ivanov also claimed one enemy aircraft each destroyed on the ground at Utti.
Starshiy politruk Pavel Kalinichenko (I-16 from 1./7 IAP) and leitenant Nikolay Kachkovsky (I-16) claimed the other two over Utti.
The third enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground was claimed by nine I-16s from 1./7 IAP at Utti. Pilots were Franchuk, starshiy politruk Nikolay Isayev, Istaukhin, Ivanov, starshiy politruk Pavel Kalinichenko, Kashrin starshiy leitenant Vladimir Kuochkin, Martynov and Shurdukov.

Masnikov ended the war with 1 shared biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  20/02/40   1/2 Bulldog (a) Shared destroyed I-153   Hanhijärvi - Lappeenranta 3./7 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.

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Last modified 30 April 2021