Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

General Polkovnik Sergei Ivanovich Mironov HSU

Sergei Mironov was born in Zhitomir on 12 July 1914.

He joined the army in 1933 and attended the Kharkov Military Air College, from which he graduated in 1934.

He obtained his first operational experience during the Winter War against Finland, flying as a Starshiy Leytenant zveno leader with the 68 IAP on the North West Front.

By January 1940 he had flown 37 sorties and claimed one and one shared victory.

On 7 April 1940, he was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

As a result of his experience, he was rapidly promoted, and in June 1940 was a Mayor commanding the 153 IAP, operating I-16s near Leningrad.

In early 1942 he led this unit to the Karelian Front, moving in summer 1942 to the Voronezh Front, where re-equipment with P-39s took place.

The unit consisting of two squadrons and 20 P-39s flew its first sortie with the new fighter on 30 June.
The unit then relocated to Lipetsk.

Under Mironov's leadership 153 IAP operated on the Voronezh Front for 59 days, flying 1070 sorties. Its pilot claimed 61 victories (39 Bf 109s, 1 Bf 110, 1 Me210, 1 MC.200, 15 Ju 88s, 1 Do 17, 1 He 111, 1 Fw189 and 1 Hs126) for the loss of eight aircraft and three pilots in combat and two aircraft and one pilot to non-combat causes.

On 1 October the regiment was withdrawn to Ivanovo.

Mironov was now promoted to Podpolkovnik, and on 21 November the unit became the 28 GIAP.

He was assigned to the Main Administration of Combat Training.

He later took command of 193 IAD, and when the war ended he had reached the rank of Polkovnik.

Mironov ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 6.
These victories were claimed during more than 400 sorties. According to some sources he was credited with 17 victories but it's possible that this score includes shares.

During the war he was also decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (three times), the Order of Suvorov 2nd Class, the Order of Kutuzov 2nd Class and the Order of the Red Star.

He continued to serve after the war, graduating from the General Staff Academy in 1949, then undertaking a number of senior appointments, reaching the rank of General Polkovnik.

For his post-war career he was decorated with a second Order of Suvorov 2nd Class and two Order of the Red Star.

Mironov died on 3 August 1964.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1939                
1 ??/??/39   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-153   Finland 68 IAP
  ??/??/39   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed I-153   Finland 68 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 1 shared destroyed.

Sources:
P-39 Airacobra Aces of the World War 2 - George Mellinger and John Stanaway, 2001 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 1-84176-204-0
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Additonal information kindly provided by Christer Bergström and Ondrej Repka.




Last modified 12 February 2007