Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Petr Markovich Povoroznikov

1909 –

Date Decoration Note
07/04/40 Order of the Red Star  
21/08/58 Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class  
11/03/85 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class  

Petr Povoroznikov graduated from the flight school in Borisoglebskaya (KKZ) in 1935.

In March 1940, kapitan Povoroznikov served in the 68 OIAP, which was taking part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War. The 68 OIAP was equipped with a mix of fighters and 1-3 Eskadrilia were equipped with I-16s and 4 Eskadrilia was equipped with I-153s.

On 5 March 1940, ylikersantti Martti Perälä (GL-278) claimed an I-153 between 13:25 and 14:20 over Äyräpää. This was an I-153 from 68 IAP, 13 VA.
According to 68 IAP’s war diary, pilots kapitan Povoroznikov and Semin, while escorting a group of SB bombers, saw a flight of four Bulldogs. Two Bulldogs escaped to the clouds, while the other two entered into a combat. At 15:40, Povoroznikov shot down one Bulldog in the region of Vuoksenranta. Semin got onto the tail of the other enemy aircraft and while making a tight turn at the altitude of 150-200m got into a spin and crashed with no apparent cause.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, kapitan Povoroznikov served in 170 IAP. This regiment was equipped with Polikarpov I-16s on the Western Front.

On 1 July, six I-16s from 170 IAP claimed two shared Ju 88s over Mogilev airfield. Known involved pilots were kapitan Povoroznikov and kapitan Nikifor Livanskiy.

On 13 July, Povoroznikov didn’t return from a combat mission and was reported missing.
He returned on repatriation after the end of the war.

Povoroznikov ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 05/03/40 15:40 1 ’Bulldog’ (a) Destroyed I-153   Vuoksenranta region 68 OIAP
  01/07/41   1/6 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-16   Mogilev airfield 170 IAP
  01/07/41   1/6 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-16   Mogilev airfield 170 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in combat with Gladiators from LLv 14, which claimed one I-153 without suffer any losses. 68 IAP claimed one Gladiator while losing one aircraft.

Ilmavoitot, osa 1 - Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman, ISBN 952-99432-8-8
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Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
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Last modified 23 November 2021