Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Mayor Boris Nikolayevich Surin

In June 1941, Surin was commander of the 123 IAP of the 10 SmAD. The unit was at this time based in the Kobrin-Pinsk area. The unit was partially re-equipped with Yak-1s but as late as 19 June only twenty Yak-1s were assembled at Imenin airfield and the unit thus started the war still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 22 June 1941 he flew four missions in the Kobrin area and claimed his and the units first victory when he shot down a Bf 109 at 05:00.
Later during the day, he claimed two more victories but was unfortunately badly wounded in his last combat and crashed to his death upon landing.
123 IAP suffered badly during the first day losing nine I-153s and eight pilots and at 13:30 only twenty serviceable aircraft remained.

At the time of his death Surin was credited with 3 victories claimed while flying biplanes.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 22/06/41 05:00 1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Kobrin 123 IAP
2 22/06/41   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-153   Kobrin 123 IAP
3 22/06/41   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed I-153   Kobrin 123 IAP

Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.

Aerohobby No.1'94, kindly via Alexey Andreev
Black Cross/Red Star Volume I - Christer Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov, 2000 Pacifica Military History, ISBN 0-935553-48-7
Polikarpov Biplane Fighter Varians - Yefim Gordon and A. Dexter, 2000 Wings of Fame Volume 17, London
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Additional information kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov.

Last modified 20 December 2007