Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Ivan Viktorovich Podgorny

1911 – 5 October 1943

Ivan Podgorny was born in 1911.

Podgorny took part in Khalkhin Gol where he flew Polikarpov I-15bis in 22 IAP.

On 8 July 1939, he claimed a Ki-27 between post nos. 92-93.
This was Podgorny’s only claim over Mongolia.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Podgorny served in 15 IAP, flying MiG-3s with this unit.

He left the unit in December 1941.

In July 1943, he was posted to 163 IAP, flying Yak-7s and Yak-9s with this unit.

Podgorny was shot down and killed in air combat on 5 October 1943.

At the time of his death, Podgorny was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 6.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner and the Order of the Red Star.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1939                
1 08/07/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov I-15bis   Posts nos. 92-93 22 IAP
  1941                
2 26/08/41   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed MiG-3     15 IAP
3 26/08/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed MiG-3     15 IAP
  14/10/41   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed MiG-3   Osinovets area 15 IAP
4 13/11/41   1 ”He 113” Destroyed MiG-3     15 IAP
  1943                
5 04/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak   Popovo-Khlyustovka 163 IAP
6 04/08/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak     163 IAP

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

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014




Last modified 10 September 2018