Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Vasily Alekseevich Smirnov

1909 –

Vasily Smirnov was born in 1909.

Smirnov took part in the Nomonhan conflict with Japan in 1939, serving in 22 IAP and flying Polikarpov I-15bis and I-153s with this unit.

On 9 July, Smirnov (Polikarpov biplane) claimed two shared Ki-27 over Lake Naryn-Nur together with one other pilot. This was possibly Mladshii Leitenant Aleksandr Smirnov (I-16), who claimed two shared Ki-27 (reported as a ”I-97s”) in the same area during the day.

Petr Agafonov of 22 IAP (I-153) claimed a Ki-27 south-west of Lake Yanhu on 21 August as did Smirnov (Polikarpov biplane).

Leitenant Nikolai Grinev of 22 IAP (I-16) claimed a shared Ki-27 in the Lake Buir-Nur area together with three other pilots on 30 August while Leitenant Pavel Solntsev (I-16) claimed a single Ki-27 and a second as a shared with four other pilots (including Vasily Naydenko) in the Lake Usur-Nur area. Smirnov (Polikarpov biplane) claimed one Ki-27 and a second shared Ki-27 together with another pilot in the Lake Usur-Nur area.

On 4 September, Mikhail Abzianidze (22 IAP) claimed a Ki-27 during the day while Smirnov claimed a Ki-10 over “Square 787”.

Smirnov ended the Nomonhan conflict with 3 biplane victories.

In August 1941, Smirnov served in 23 IAP, flying LaGG-3s with this unit.

Pavlov was posted from 23 IAP in March 1942 when he was posted to 66 IAP.
With this unit, Smirnov flew Yak-1s, Yak-7s and Airacobras.

Smirnov ended the war with 3 biplane victories and a total of 6.
These where claimed during 67 combat missions (as of 20 February 1945).
During his career he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (twice), the Order of Alexander Nevskii, the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice) and the Order of the Red Star.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1939                
  09/07/39   1/2 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Lake Naryn-Nur 22 IAP
  09/07/39   1/2 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Lake Naryn-Nur 22 IAP
1 21/08/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   SW Lake Yanhu 22 IAP
2 30/08/39   1 Ki-27 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Lake Usur-Nur area 22 IAP
  30/08/39   1/2 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   Lake Usur-Nur area 22 IAP
3 04/09/39   1 Ki-10 Destroyed Polikarpov biplane   ”Square 787” Nomonhan 22 IAP
  1943                
4 28/12/43   1 He 111 Destroyed     Bagerovo 66 IAP
  28/12/43   1/2 He 111 Shared destroyed     Bagerovo area 66 IAP
  1944                
5 12/01/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed       66 IAP
  01/02/44   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed       66 IAP
  06/02/44   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed     Kerch 66 IAP
6 13/02/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed     E Tarkhan 66 IAP

Biplane victories: 3 and 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 6 shared destroyed.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953




Last modified 31 October 2018