Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leytenant Grigoriy Maksimovich Sokolov HSU

– 1941

Sokolov was posted from 34 IAP to 4./25 IAP in the end of January/beginning of February 1940 when this eskadrilya was set up with Polikarov I-153s. This unit operated over the Karelian Isthmus.

Between 15:20-16:25 on 17 February, Kapitan Nikolayev and Starshiy Leytenant Sokolov from 25 IAP claimed three Fokker D.XXIs shot down, two of them by Sokolov. One of the Finnish Fokkers was reported to crash in Sulvalahti.
These claims can’t be verified with any Finnish losses.

On 19 February, Starshiy Leytenant Piotr Kozachenko (CO 4./25 IAP) and Starshiy Leytenant Sokolov intercepted twelve Finnish Fokker D.XXIs over Hamina and in the ensuing combat claimed four of them shot down (two each).
These claims can’t be verified with any Finnish losses.

Sokolov was decorated with the Golden Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 21 March 1940.

Sokolov was killed in 1941.

At the time of his death. Sokolov was credited with 4 biplane victories.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940
               
1 17/02/40 15:20-16:25 1 Fokker D.XXI (a) Destroyed I-153   Sulvalahti 4./25 IAP
2 17/02/40 15:20-16:25 1 Fokker D.XXI (a) Destroyed I-153   Sulvalahti 4./25 IAP
3 19/02/40   1 Fokker D.XXI (b) Destroyed I-153   Hamina 4./25 IAP
4 19/02/40   1 Fokker D.XXI (b) Destroyed I-153   Hamina 4./25 IAP

Biplane victories: 4 destroyed.
TOTAL: 4 destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Finnish records.
(b) Not verified with Finnish records.

Sources:
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.




Last modified 12 April 2015