Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leytenant Nikolay Ivanovich Shepetov

Starshiy leytenant Nikolay Shepetov served in the 4./38 IAP during the Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 17 February 1940, kapitan Kashtanov and starshiy leytenant Shepetov of 4./38 IAP claimed two Fokkers at Turku.
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records.

On 2 March, two I-153s flown by starshiy leytenants Lazarev and Shepetov (4th eskadrilya) claimed two Fokker D.XXIs in the Tampere area.
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish losses.

The LaGG-3s from 38 IAP fought with Bf 109s in the Parfino area on 22 February 1942 and Nikolay Sobolev claimed one west of Parfino station as a shared together with three other pilots while Shepetov claimed one over Parfino as a shared with another pilot.

Shepetov ended the war with 2 biplane victories.
These had been claimed during 119 combat missions.
During his career, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner and the Order of the Red Star (twice).

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 17/02/40   1 Fokker (a) Destroyed I-153   Turku area 4./38 IAP
2 02/03/40   1 Fokker D.XXI (b) Destroyed I-153   Tampere 4./38 IAP
  22/02/42   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Parfino 38 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.
(b) Not verified with Finnish records.

All aces of Stalin 1936-1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Soviet Fighter Pilots 1936-1953 - Mikhail Bykov
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 21 December 2019