Leytenant V. Minayev
In 1943, Leytenant V. Minayev served in the 611 IAP. This unit was still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
In the morning on 5 March 1943, the I-153 Chaikas from the 611 IAP, covered by some LaGGs, attacked two enemy airfields, and destroyed some aircraft on the ground. Near Blagodatniy airfield, 3 Eskadrilya under command of Leytenant Minayev attacked some Ju 52s in the air and Minayev destroyed one of them north of Zaporozhskiy by using RS-82 rockets. Another pilot from this group, Serzhant A. Povitskiy attacked two other Ju 52s and hit the engine on one of them causing the engine to start burning. He finished it off with RS-82 rockets; the wreck fell near the village of Plavenskiy. The third pilot, Leytenant A. Chistev, destroyed the last Ju 52 near Melekhovskiy.
The I-153s didn’t suffer any losses but one aircraft was damaged by Flak.
Minayev ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||05/03/43||morning||1||Ju 52||Destroyed||I-153||N Zaporozhskiy||611 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
Le Chaika et l’attaque au sol (Les I-153 dans le Caucaseet au Kouban en 1942-43) – Dmitriy Karlenko, 2003 Air Magazine No.17 dec 2003/jan 2004, kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.