Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Vladimir Timofeyevich Minayev

1917 – 22 March 1943

Date Decoration Note
22/04/43 Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class  

Vladimir Minayev was born in 1917.

He graduated from flight school in 1940.

Leitenant Minayev was posted to 611 IAP in December 1942. This unit was still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s and operated on the Transcaucasian Front,

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 leitenant Minayev attacked some Ju 52/3ms 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 52/3ms 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, leitenant A. Chistev, destroyed the last Ju 52/3m near Melekhovskiy.
The I-153s didn’t suffer any losses but one aircraft was damaged by Flak.

Minayev didn’t return from a combat mission on 22 March 1943.

At the time of his death, Minayev was credited with 3 biplane victories.
These had been claimed during more than 80 combat missions.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 02/02/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Transcaucasian Front 611 IAP
2 05/03/43 morning 1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed I-153   N Zaporozhskiy 611 IAP
3 22/03/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Transcaucasian Front 611 IAP

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.

All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
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
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 28 September 2020