Major Ivan Viktorovich Podgorny
1911 – 5 October 1943
|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, leitenant Aleksandr P’yankov, starshiy leytenant Mark Shpan 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).
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||08/07/39||1||Ki-27||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-15bis||Posts nos. 92-93||22 IAP|
|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|
|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.
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