Kapitan M. F. Savtchenko
In June 1941, Savtchenko was a squadron commander in the 123 IAP of the 10 SmAD.
The regiment was based at Imenin on 22 June 1941 flying Polikarpov I-153s. During the first day of the war the unit claimed more than 20 victories while losing nine of their own in air combats. Pilots flew as many as 10-14 sorties; in one case even 17 sorties were reported during the day.
Savtchenko claimed two victories during the first day of the war.
He was killed during a ground-attack on a German troop column near Bobruisk in late June 1941.
At the time of his death, Savtchenko was credited with 2 biplane victories and a total of 9.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||Imenin||123 IAP|
|2||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||Imenin||123 IAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 9 destroyed.
Aerohobby No.1'94, kindly via Alexey Andreev
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Additional information kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov.