Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladishiy Leytenant Vladimir Nikolaevich Shavrov

1921 - 22 July 1941

Shavrov was born in 1921 in Kislovodske.

In July 1941, Shavrov served as a flight commander in the 7 IAP. During this time the unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

In the early morning on 22 July 1941, thirteen Russian I-153 fighters attacked Utti airfield. Four Finnish Curtiss Hawk 75A fighters of LeLv 32 took off and a wild melee over the airfield ensued. Alikersantti Mauno Kirjonen shot down one of the intruders just as his plane lifted off the ground, but at the same time one Tshaika attacked him from above; Kirjonen pulled up to meet the new enemy. Both pilots opened fire at the same moment. Kirjonen's plane was hit, metal pieces flew off and the engine started to smoke. The Russian pilot, Vladimir Shavrov, was hit through the head by one of Kirjonen's bullets and the I-153 dived into nearby Lake Haukkajärvi. Kirjonen had to parachute. His parachute opened just before he laded into the shallow shore water of Haukkajärvi. These were Kirjonen's victories 2-3 of a total 9 ¾.
The Finnish Hawk was CU-501, which crashed in Karhula village near Valkeala at 03:25.
The Russian I-153 was lifted from the lake and the dead pilot was buried near the airfield. The engine of the I-153 was detached from the plane and it was lifted in the 1980s.

For this combat Shavrov was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

At the time of his death, Shavrov was credited with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 22/07/41 03:25 1 Curtiss (a) Destroyed I-153   Haukkajärvi 7 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Finnish Curtiss Hawk 75A CU-501 shot down over Etäla-Suomi. The pilot alikersantti Mauno Kirjonen of LeLv 32 managed to parachute.

Hävittäjä-Ässät (Finnish Fighter Aces) - Kalevi Keskinen, Kari Stenman and Klaus Niska, 1994 Apali, Tampere, ISBN 952-5026-00-0
Kohtalokkaat lennot 1939-1944 - Jaakko Hyvönen kindly provided by Tuomo Lukkari
Red Stars 1 - Carl-Fredrik Geust, Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Suomen Ilmavoimat part III – 1941 – Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman, 2007, ISBN 978-952-99743-1-3
Additional information kindly provided by Christer Bergström, Ondrej Repka and Yuri V. Shakhov

Last modified 17 August 2008