Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Viktor Artemyevich Matyunin

In October 1936 he went to Spain (arriving on 20 October) as a member of the first group of volunteers to fly in the Spanish Civil War.
In Spain, he served in Escuadrilla Turzhanskii, which was equipped with I-15s.

By 9 December, he was credited with 2 and 1 shared He 51s.

On 3 February 1937, the detachment of the Escuadrilla Rychagov (I-15) at Malaga fought with three He 51s and claimed all three shot down. It seems that Leytenant Nikolay Artemyev claimed one of them while Leytenant Emelyan Kondrat and Matyunin claimed a shared. The third was claimed by a Spanish pilot.

Matyunin left Spain on 27 March 1937.
During his time in Spain, he claimed 2 and 4 shared victories flying the I-15.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1936                
1 ??/??/36   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Turzhanskii
2 ??/??/36   1 He 51 Destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Turzhanskii
  ??/??/36   1/? He 51 Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Turzhanskii
  ??/??/3?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Turzhanskii
  ??/??/3?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-15   Spain Escuadrilla Turzhanskii
  1937                
  03/02/37   1/2 He 51 Shared destroyed I-15   Malaga area Escuadrilla Rychagov

Biplane victories: 2 and 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 4 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Air Aces Home Page - Jan Safarik
Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces - Mikhail Maslov, 2010 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-981-2
Soviet airmen in the Spanish civil war 1936-1939 - Paul Whelan, 2014 Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-0
Spanish Republican Aces – Rafael A. Permuy López, 2012 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84908-668-4




Last modified 17 August 2015