Major Vyacheslav Fedorovich Sirotin HSU
22 September 1913 – 7 August 1948
Vyacheslav Sirotin was born on 22 September 1913 in St. Petersburg.
He joined the Red Army in 1934 and graduated from Kharkov military aviation school in 1937.
When Germany invade the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy politruk Sirotin served as deputy eskadrilya CO in 123 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s. At the time of the German invasion they were converting to Yak-1s.
After claiming two victories on 25 June, he was wounded in combat.
When he returned to combat in August, he flew combat missions in Yak-1s.
On 12 October 1941, he was again wounded in air combat and hospitalized.
He was decorated with the Order of Lenin on 23 December 1941.
He didn’t return to 123 IAP and was posted to 238 IAP in April 1942.
With this unit he flew LaGG-3s until 1943.
In June 1944, he was posted to 17 IAP, which was equipped with Bell P-39 Airacobras.
He was again shot down in air combat on 15 August 1944. He managed to parachute, wounded in one arm and one leg.
Sirotin was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of Soviet Union (HSU) and a second Order of Lenin on 23 February 1945.
17 IAP took part in the war against Japan between 9 August and 3 September 1945. At this time, they had re-equipped with P-63 Kingcobras and Sirotin was commander of the unit.
Sirotin ended the war with 6 biplane victories and a total of 21.
These had been claimed during 326 combat missions and 65 air combats. During his career he was also decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (7 October 1944 and 15 May 1945), the Order of Patriotic War, 1st Class (20 July 1944) and the Order of the Red Star (30 September 1945).
He continued to command 17 IAP after the war.
Vyacheslav Sirotin was killed in an aircraft crash on 7 August 1948.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Brest area||123 IAP|
|2||22/06/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Brest area||123 IAP|
|3||22/06/41||1||Hs 126||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Brest area||123 IAP|
|4||23/06/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Pinsk airfield||123 IAP|
|5||25/06/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||Slutsk||123 IAP|
|6||25/06/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Polikarpov I-153||E Slutsk||123 IAP|
|7||23/09/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Srednyaya Rogatka||123 IAP|
|8||28/09/41||1||Ju 88 (a)||Destroyed||Yak-1||Siverskaya airfield||123 IAP|
|29/09/41||1/2||Balloon||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||Yankelevo||123 IAP|
|9||30/06/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||Zelonyy Gorodok||17 IAP|
|10||10/07/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||Daugalyay||17 IAP|
|11||11/07/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||SE Salakas||17 IAP|
|12||01/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||W Pobertay||17 IAP|
|13||15/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||SW Barbany||17 IAP|
|14||14/09/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||Plokanishki Station||17 IAP|
|15||15/09/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||S Riga suburbs||17 IAP|
|16||14/10/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||SW Memel||17 IAP|
|17||22/10/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||SE Libava||17 IAP|
|18||22/10/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||SE Libava||17 IAP|
|19||18/11/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||NE Priekule||17 IAP|
|20||21/12/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||Saldus airfield||17 IAP|
|21||16/01/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Airacobra||Priekule||17 IAP|
Biplane victories: 6 destroyed.
TOTAL: 21 destroyed, 1 shared destroyed balloon.
(a) This was initially claimed as destroyed while taxiing on the ground.
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953