Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Naval Kapitan Yuri Pavlovich Shitov

20 March 1917 –

Shitov was born on 20 March 1917.

He joined the army in 1936, attending the Eysk Military/Naval Air School, from where he graduated in December 1938.

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union on 22 Junae 1941, he served as a Leitenant in 9 IAP-ChF of the Black Sea Fleet. This unit was at the time equipped with Polikarpov I-153s, I-15bis and I-16s. Shitov mainly flew I-153s with this unit.

On 4 July, he claimed 9 IAP-ChF’s first victory when he shot down a Rumanian reconnaissance aircraft over Ishmael.

He was posted from 9 IAP-ChF in 1942 and I February 1943 he was sent to 62 IAP-ChF. With this unit he flew LaGG-3s.

In July 1943, he was posted back to 9 IAP-ChF. This unit also flew LaGG-3s at the time.

On 3 June 1944, 9 IAP was retired from the Black Sea Fleet and on 22 July they were instead assigned to the Baltic Fleet.

In July 1944, 9 IAP-KBF started to convert to Yak-9s even is some LaGG-3s remained in service until February 1945.

At the end of the war, Shitov was credited with 4 biplane victories and a total of 12.
These victories were claimed in 406 sorties and 58 air combats.
During his career, Shitov was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (13 August 1941, 13 October 1944 and 23 May 1945) and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (29 April 1944 and 11 March 1985).

Shitov was recommended to Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union on 7 June 1945, but this was revoked by the Chief of the Naval Air Force who stated: ”I disagree (tried twice-once was sentenced to death by firing squad), generally is a bully and a drunkard".

Shito remained in the Army after the Second World War.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 04/07/41   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-153   Ishmael 9 IAP-ChF
2 05/07/41   1 He 111 Destroyed I-153   Ishmael 9 IAP-ChF
3 08/08/41   1 He 111 (a) Destroyed I-153   Nikolaev 9 IAP-ChF
4 18/08/41   1 Bf 109 (b) Destroyed I-153   Kpasnaya Znamenka 9 IAP-ChF
  1943                
  26/06/43   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     62 IAP-ChF
5 29/09/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Anapa 9 IAP-ChF
  29/09/43   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Anapa 9 IAP-ChF
6 01/10/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Veselovka 9 IAP-ChF
  1944                
7 15/09/44   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-9   Gogland 9 IAP-KBF
  15/09/44   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Yak-9   Gogland 9 IAP-KBF
8 22/09/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Tallinn 9 IAP-KBF
9 06/10/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Kuressari 9 IAP-KBF
10 14/12/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Libava 9 IAP-KBF
  1945                
  08/05/45   1/2 Ju 52/3m Shared destroyed Yak-9   Libava 9 IAP-KBF
  08/05/45   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Yak-9   Libava 9 IAP-KBF
11 09/05/45   1 Ju 52/3m (c) Destroyed Yak-9   Libava 9 IAP-KBF
12 09/05/45   1 Ju 52/3m (c) Destroyed Yak-9   Libava 9 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 4 destroyed.
TOTAL: 12 and 5 shared destroyed.
(a) Claim only mentioned in award material but not in any operational records.
(b) Claim only mentioned in award material but not in any operational records.
(c) Claim only mentioned in award material but not in any operational records.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Units and aircraft of the Soviet Union during the Second World War




Last modified 10 August 2019