Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Ivan Viktorovich Podgorny

1911 – 5 October 1943

Decorations
Date Decoration Note
29/08/39 Order of the Red Banner  
26/11/41 Order of the Red Star  
14/05/65 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class  

Ivan Podgorny was born in 1911.

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

On 8 July 1939, fighters from 22 IAP were heavily involved in combat and starshiy politruk Podgorny (I-15bis) claimed a Ki-27 between post nos. 92-93 as did starshiy leitenant Viktor Rakhov while starshiy leitenant Aleksandr Murmylov (I-16) claimed two more. Kapitan Konstantin Kuzmenko (I-16) claimed two shared at the same place, one shared with another pilot and one shared with two other pilots. Starshiy leitenant Samson Andreyev (I-15bis) claimed a second Ki-27 at an unknown place. Andreyev was then wounded and he was evacuated to a hospital in the Soviet Union. Starshiy leitenant Viktor Chistyakov (I-16) claimed one shared Ki-27 with another pilot (Kuzmenko?). Starshiy politruk Vladimir Kalachev and starshiy leitenant Vasiliy Vuss claimed one Ki-27 each.
Starshiy politruk Nikolai Bibik from the same unit was shot down in combat in his I-16 in the Nomon-Khan-Burd-obo area.

This was Podgorny’s only claim in the Nomonhan Incident.
During his time in Mongolia, he flew 50 combat missions and took part in 8 air combats.

Starshiy politruk Podgorny took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War between February and March 1940, flying I-153s in 15 IAP.

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 and was posted as a eskadrilya CO at 1 ZAP.

From 28 August 1942, he worked as a as a ferryman on the ALSIB track. He was convicted by a military tribunal and sent to the front.

He seems to have been somewhat rehabilitated and 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.
These had been claimed during 38 combat missions and 14 air combats (as of 27 August 1941).

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   Spasskaya Polist' 15 IAP
3 26/08/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed MiG-3   Spasskaya Polist' 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   NW Tosno 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   Krasnaya Yagoda 163 IAP

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

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Remember the winged heroes of Khalkhin-Gol! – Oleg Kaminsky kindly provided by Michael Meyer
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov




Last modified 17 November 2020