Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Yury A. Spitsyn

21 January 1920 -

Yury Spitsyn was born on 21 January 1920 in Uralsk.

In 1938, he graduated from Yeiskoe Naval Aviation School.

He served as a leytenant in the 71 IAP-KBF, when the war started.

Between 17:55-18:15 on 27 September 1941, five I-15bis and eleven I-153s (led by Boris Mikhailov) from 71 IAP-KBF and six I-16s (led by Aleksandr I. Agureev) from 104 IAE fought in the Kronstadt area with three groups of Ju 88s and Ju 87s (a total of 35 aircraft was counted) escorted by four Bf 109s.
At 17:55, Petrov of the 104 IAE made two attacks on two Ju 87s while Mishin from the same unit attacked a Ju 88, which left smoking and losing height towards Oranienbaum. Agureev at the same time attacked a Ju 87 and claimed it shot down.
Between 18:00-18:15, Aleksandr Baturin of the 71 IAP-KBF alone attacked a Ju 87 from behind. After the attack, the aircraft flew smoking towards Peterhof and observations posts, which saw it crash near Peterhof, later confirmed it.
At 18:05, leytenant Spitsyn of the 71 IAP-KBF claimed a Ju 87 at an altitude of 1000 m near Peterhof.

During the war, he flew 398 sorties and claimed 1 victory while flying biplanes. He claimed another four shared victories.
During his career, he was awarded two Orders of Red Banner.

On 19 April 1942, he was shot down and captured during a ground attack on Krasnogvardeisk airfield.

After his release from captivity, he continued to serve in the air force but was soon arrested and charged with intent to escape with an aircraft to Sweden for which he was convicted.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 27/09/41 18:05 1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-15?   near Peterhof 71 IAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 1 and 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 4 shared destroyed.

Airmen of World
Black Cross/Red Star Volume II - Christer Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov, 2001 Pacifica Military History, ISBN 0-935553-51-7
Soviet Aces of World War 2 - Hugh Morgan, 1998
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2

Last modified 11 February 2020