Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan I. I. Popov

Kapitan I. I. Popov served as CO of the 3rd eskadrilia of 49 IAP during the Winter War in 1939-40. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

At 16:00 on 20 January 1940, kapitan Popov, kapitan A. K. Karachentsev and starshii leitenant F. M. Fatkulin of the 3rd eskadrilia of 49 IAP claimed two shot down Finnish Fokker C.Xs 2-3km south-east of Nietjärvi.
These losses can’t be verified with Finnish records.

At 16:45 on 22 January 1940, 49 IAP claimed one Fokker D.XXI and one biplane fighter shot down over Sortavala.
These two claims were shared between starshii leitenant I. P. Murazanov (I-16), starshii leitenant I. S. Savushkin (I-16), mladshii leitenant Sergei Goriunov (I-16), polkovnik V. N. Kitajev (I-153), kapitan Popov (I-153) and starshii leitenant Vladimir Nikolayevich Peshkov (I-153).
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records and it seems that in fact the biplane was a Soviet I-15bis flown by mladshii leitenant A. F. Rumayantsev, who became MIA.

Popov ended the war with 4 shared biplane victories.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
  20/01/40 16:00 1/3 Fokker C.X (a) Destroyed I-153   2-3km SE Nietjärvi 3/49 IAP
  20/01/40 16:00 1/3 Fokker C.X (a) Destroyed I-153   2-3km SE Nietjärvi 3/49 IAP
  22/01/40 16:45 1/6 Fokker D.XXI (b) Destroyed I-153   Sortavala 3/49 IAP
  22/01/40 16:45 1/6 Biplane fighter (c) Destroyed I-153   Sortavala 3/49 IAP

Biplane victories: 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 4 shared destroyed.
(a) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(b) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
(c) Claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.

Sources:
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov




Last modified 17 December 2019