Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mladshiy Leytenant Shishatskiy

In September 1942 Mladshiy Leytenant Shishatskiy served in the 629 IAP of the 102 IAD in the Stalingrad area. This unit was still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 9 September, four of the unit’s I-153s were returning from a combat mission over Stalingrad and their own airfield had just come within sight, when they were jumped by seven Bf 109s that dropped out of the clouds. One of the Chaykas was hit in the initial attack, and started descending with a trail of black smoke.
As he saw the Bf 109s come diving, Mladshiy Leytenant Shishatskiy pulled the stick of his I-153 and made a half loop to evade the attack. As he rolled over, he found that he was coming nose to nose with two enemy fighters. Both Bf 109s broke off to the left, and in this situation, the highly manoeuvrable biplane had the advantage. Shishatskiy kicked the rudder pedal and the agile little Chayka rapidly turned and pointed straight into the two Germans’ flight direction. All Shishatskiy had to do was press the trigger and keep it down until one of the Bf 109s flew into the shower of 7.62mm bullets at a distance of between fifty and seventy yards. Shishatskiy’s victim possibly was the Bf 109 of 9./JG3 that was reported to have carried out a belly landing at Gorodishche with 30 per cent battle damage.

Shishatskiy ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 09/09/42   1 Bf 109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Stalingrad area 629 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Possibly a Bf 109 from 9./JG3.

Black Cross/Red Star Volume III - Christer Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov, Pacifica Military History

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