Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

General Polkovnik Alexandr Alexeevich Mironenko HSU

Mironenko was born on 19 April 1918 in Yakhniky, a Poltava region settlement.

In 1937 he entered the navy, attending the Yeysk Military Air School for Naval Pilots.

On graduation in 1940 he was posted to the Air Force of the Baltic Sea Fleet.

He spent the early years of the Great Patriotic War flying in defence of Leningrad.

By 1944 he was a Major in command of 13 IAP-KBF, which was equipped with Yak-1s.

By May 1944 he had flown 629 sorties and claimed 16 victories.

Soon after this, his unit was re-equipped with Yak-9s, and he was promoted to Naval Podpolkovnik.

On 22 July 1944 he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

During 1945 he led his unit on attacks on convoys crossing the Baltic Sea.

Mironenko ended the war with 9 biplane victories and a total of 20.
These were claimed during 750 sorties.

During the war he was also decorated with a second Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner (three times), the Order of Ushakov, 2nd Class, the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class and the Order of the Red Star (twice).

After the war he continued the service, graduating from the Naval Academy in 1948 and from the General Staff Academy in 1969.

Ultimately he reached the rank of General Polkovnik.

Postwar he was decorated the Order of the October Revolution and a fourth Order of the Red Banner.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF
? ? 1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-152     13 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 9 destroyed.
TOTAL: 20 and 10 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Chato Polikarpova - samolet i model - Alexandr V.Kotlobovskii and Alexandr V. Shupigunov, 2000 Aviatsia i Vremya 2/2000 index 22792, Ukraine, kindly provided by Tomáš Polák
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2




Last modified 10 December 2001