Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Nikolai Ivanovich Svitenko HSU

6 December 1913 – 18 September 2007

Nikolai Svitenko was born in Kharkov on 6 December 1913.

He joined the Red Army in 1934 and graduated from Roganskuju military aviation school in 1937.

Starshii Leitenant Svitenko took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 as part of 7 IAP, flying with Polikarpov I-153s.

When Germany invade the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Svitenko still served in 7 IAP with the Polikarpov I-153.

7 IAP became 14 GIAP on 7 March 1942.

Between 23 July 1942 and January 1943, he commanded 15 GShAP with Il-2s for ground-attack duties.
There is several unaccounted claims made by Svitenko and there is a possibility that these were claimed while flying the Il-2.

He was sent back to command 14 GIAP on 27 October 1943. The unit was at the time equipped with Yak-9s.

Svitenko was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 2 October 1943.

Svitenko ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 6.
These were claimed during 273 combat missions and 34 air combats.
During his career he was decorated with a second Order of Lenin (20 December 1941), the Order of the Red Banner (12 June 1944 and a second time on an unknown date), The Order of Kutuzov, 3rd Class (8 December 1944), the Order of Patriotic War, 1st Class (11 March 1985) and the Order of the Red Star (twice). He was also decorated for his part in the defence of Leningrad.

He continued to serve after the war.

Svitenko passed away on 18 September 2007. At the time, he lived in Kharkov.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 22/07/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Utti airfield 7 IAP
  01/08/41   1/9 Bf 109 (a) Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Imatra 7 IAP
  10/08/41   1/16 (a) Bf 109 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Inkel 7 IAP
  19/09/41   1/7 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Uritsk 7 IAP
  19/09/41   1/7 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Uritsk 7 IAP
  26/09/41   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   SE Shlisselburg 7 IAP
  06/11/41   1/9 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Siverskaya airfield 7 IAP
  1944                
2 05/03/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-9   Putki-Omutti 14 GIAP
3 08/03/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-9   Narva 14 GIAP
4 29/03/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-9   NW Sirgala 14 GIAP
5 17/09/44   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak-9   Tommitsu 14 GIAP
6 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        

Biplane victories: 1 and 6 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 9 shared destroyed.
(a) Svitenko led this mission but the claim isn’t included in his account.

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




Last modified 14 October 2018