Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leytenant Pidyukov

In February 1940, Starshiy Leytenant Pidyukov served in the 149 IAP, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s and I-16s.

At 11:45 on 19 February, eleven I-153s and I-16s from 149 IAP were escorting 36 SB-bombers. At the target area, seven “Bulldogs” were encountered. During the air combats five enemy aircraft were claimed in the Lappeenranta-Sippola area by I-153 pilots; Mayor Nikita Syusyukalov and Batal’yonniy Komissar Shalimov shared one claim, Starshiy Leytenant Vilchik made two claims, Starshiy Leytenant Pidyukov one claim and Leytenant Pavlov one claim. Four of the 149 IAP aircraft returned damaged; Mayor Syusyukalov (38 bullet holes), Leytenant Pavlov (33 bullet holes), Leytenant Vladimir Litvinenko (15 bullet holes) and Leytenant Pidyukov (6 bullet holes).
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.

Pidyukov ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 19/02/40 11:45 1 Bulldog (a) Destroyed I-153   Lappeenranta-Sippola area 149 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.

Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5

Last modified 23 December 2014