On 8 February 1940, the 5./7 IAP (15 pilot led by Kapitan A. Ye. Mol’bin) arrived from 18 IAP of Far East Army Corps (DVK) after a departure on 26 January to take part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. Later also personnel of 70 IAP and 22 IAP (which both had fought in the Khalkhin Gol-incident in August 1939) arrived.
Kapitan Mol’bin was shot down by AA-fire at Tikkola and killed on 14 February, when escorting SB-bombers. Starshii Leitenant Iosef Geibo took over 5./7 IAP, which received I-153s from 17 February.
On 6 March 1940, the I-153s of 5./7 IAP claimed three enemy bombers. One was claimed by Starshii Leitenant Iosef Geibo (CO of the 5./7 IAP) while the second was claimed by Rybalov. The third was claimed by Tikhomirov (possibly in another mission).
These claims can’t be verified with any Finnish losses.
Rybalov ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||06/03/40||1||Enemy bomber (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Vyborg Bay||5./7 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) This claim can’t be verified with Finnish records.
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