Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Vasiliy Titovich Shapovalov

9 February 1907 - 11 August 1941

Shapovalov was born on 9 February 1907 in Belgorod.

He joined the Red Army in 1931 and graduated from the military aviation school in 1932.

He served as an instructor before taking part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War in 1939-40.

In August 1941 Shapovalov served as a squadron leader in the 192 IAP, 7 IAK-PVO. During this time the unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s and operating in the Leningrad area.

On 11 August he led six I-153s which attacked a reported 50 enemy aircraft which were out to attack Soviet ground troops. They scattered the enemy, thus preventing them to bomb the Soviet troops. During this combat Shapovalov claimed one enemy aircraft before making a “taran” ramming attack on a Bf 110 near the village of Ust’e on the Leningrad Front.
Shapovalov parachuted safely.

Shapovalov was killed in action on 26 August 1941 during a low-level attack on enemy troops.

At the time of his death Shapovalov was credited with 2 biplane victories.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 11/08/41   1 enemy aircraft Destroyed I-153   Ust’e 192 IAP
2 11/08/41   1 Bf 110 (a) Destroyed I-153   Ust’e 192 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

Additional information kindly provided by Christer Bergström and Yuri Shakhov.

Last modified 19 December 2002