Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan K. P. Sokol

The 145 IAP was established on 29 December 1939. The 1st and 2nd eskadrilyas (former 1st and 3rd eskadrilyas of 38 IAP, equipped with Polikarpov I-152s) arrived between 15 and 20 December by train from Pushkin. After assembly in Afrikanda, the eskadrilyas were ready for combat in Kairala on 26 December.
Kapitan K. P. Sokol served as the CO of the 1./145 IAP.

However, already at 12:30 on 24 December 1939, Junkers K.43 JU-126 of LLv 16 was shot down in the Märkäjärvi/Salla area by Kapitan Sokol of 1./145 IAP. The Junker had been on a reconnaissance mission between Rovaniemi and Salla and the pilot vääpeli Kauko Hyytiänien managed to parachute but luutnantti Erkki Alanen (observer), alikersantti Paavo Kaurto (gunner) and mechanic Mikko Majuri were killed. At this time, this aircraft was the sole Finnish aircraft in the area.

Sokol ended the war with 1 biplane victory.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  24/12/39 12:30 1 Junker K.43 (a) Destroyed I-152   Märkäjärvi 1./145 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Junkers K.43 JU-126 of LLv 16 shot down.

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