Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

General Leitenant Dmitrii Alexandrovich Medvedev HSU

21 September 1918 – 26 November 1992

Dmitrii Medvedev was born on 21 September 1918 in Uzlovaya in the Tula region.

He joined the army in 1935, graduating two years later from the Odessa Military Air College.
After graduating he served in the Byelorussian military district.

He served in Mongolia during the fighting over the Khalkin Gol River in 1939 in the 22 IAP, equipped with I-16s.

On 15 September, Soviet fighters claimed 20 destroyed while losing 6 aircraft.
Medvedev, Nikolai Arsenin and Mladshii Leitenant Aleksandr Smirnov from 22 IAP (I-16) claimed one shared Ki-27 (reported as a ”I-97”) over their own airfield. Smirnov also claimed a second Ki-27 as a single victory.
70 IAP also took part in this combat and Ivan Krasnoyurchenko (I-16) claimed one shared Ki-27 with three other pilots over the same airfield.

Totally, during the Khalkin Gol conflict, he flew 75 combat missions and claimed 1 shared victory. For this he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner and the Mongolian Order. He was also promoted to Starshii Leitenant.

On 17 November 1939, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In 1939-40, he took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War, flying in the 7 IAP which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
This unit was tasked with ground attack and bomber escort duties and he didn’t claim any victories during this campaign.

In the beginning of March 1939, he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and injured. He was hospitalized but was soon back in operations.

In June 1941, Medvedev served as the leader of an eskadrilia in the 92 IAP. This unit was at the time based at an airfield near Brody.

He was shot down in his I-153 on 20 July and parachuted over enemy territory. It took him three days to reach the Soviet lines.

In the beginning of August, he was again shot down.

Soon after this, the regiment was sent to Kharkov for re-equipment with the MiG-3 but in November they were sent to the rear without aircraft.

On 12 March 1942, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (second time).

In the beginning of 1942, 92 IAP moved to the Volkhov Front to protect Leningrad.
The unit had at this time been equipped with the LaGG-3 and Medvedev promoted to deputy commander.

On 22 April 1942, he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

Between 2 and 27 September 1942, he served as a temporary regiment commander of 160 IAP.
He returned to 92 IAP later in the same month.

In February 1943, the regiment was withdrawn to Gor’kiy to re-equip with the La-5.

During the Kursk battle in June-July 1943, he claimed three enemy aircraft in five days while flying La-5s.

In July 1943, he was then posted to command the 486 IAP.

During the autumn, 486 IAP was withdrawn to Gor’kiy to re-equip with brand new La-5Ns and in the beginning of 1944, they were sent to the 2nd Ukrainian Front.

By 1945, he was a Podpolkovnik and ended the war in Czechoslovakia flying La-7s.

On 11 May 1945, he flew his last combat mission.

On 11 June 1945, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (third time).

Medvedev ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 14.
These were claimed during 317 sorties and 53 air combats.

He continued to serve after the war.

On 15 May 1946, he was decorated with the Golden Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 7522) and the Order of Lenin (second time).

He graduated from the Air Academy in 1951 and from the General Staff Academy eight years later.

On 4 June 1955, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (fourth time).
He received the same decoration for a fifth time on 30 December 1956 and a sixth time at an unknown date.

Medvedev retired as a General Leitenant in 1975, going to live in Leningrad.
During his career he was also decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice) and the Order of the Red Star (on 15 November 1950 and 29 April 1954).

Medvedev passed away on 26 November 1992.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1939
               
  15/09/39   1/3 Ki-27 Shared destroyed I-16   Khalkin Gol 22 IAP
  1941
               
1 23/06/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Brody airfield 92 IAP
  10/07/41   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Lutsk 92 IAP
  28/07/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Kremenets 92 IAP
  11/08/41   1/? Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Kamensk 92 IAP
  05/09/41   1/3 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153     92 IAP
  1942
               
  15/03/42   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
2 22/03/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
3 29/03/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
4 06/04/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
  06/04/42   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
5 23/06/42   1 Hs 126 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
6 23/06/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
7 25/06/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
  29/06/42   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
  12/09/42   1/3 He 111 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
  12/09/42   1/3 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     92 IAP
  1943
               
8 05/07/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5     92 IAP
9 06/07/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5     92 IAP
10 06/07/43   1 Bf 110 Destroyed La-5     92 IAP
11 04/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Krasnikovo 486 IAP
12 05/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Kolki 486 IAP
13 05/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5   Kolki 486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
  05/08/43   1/9 Ju 87 Shared destroyed La-5     486 IAP
14 06/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5     486 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 14 and 16 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Aeroram
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Russian Fighter Aces of 1914-1953 years
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Triumf a tragedie - Milos Sedivy and Valerii Dymich, 2001 Svet kridel, ISBN-80-85280-70-1 kindly provided by Tomáš Polák
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.




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