Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Vasiliy Danilovich Tereshchenko

1918 –

Vasiliy Tereshchenko was born in 1918.

Leitenant Tereschchenko was posted to 270 IAP in December 1941. At this time this unit was flying Polikarpov I-153s and entered combat against the German invaders on 9 December 1942. They were part of the Transcaucasian Front.

Between 6 May 1942 and 3 July, 270 IAP retrained on LaGG-3s before going back to combat on the southern Front on 16 July 1942.

They retrained on Yak-1 between 6 January 1943 and 17 March before going back to combat on the Voronezh Front on 28 May.

270 IAP was transferred to the Steppe Front on 23 July 1943.
On 20 October, the Steppe Front was renamed to the 2nd Ukrainian Front.

On 5 February 1944, 270 IAP became a guard’s unit and renamed to 152 GIAP.

Between 20 January 1944 and 30 March 1944, the unit didn’t take art in combat but was re-equipped with factory-fresh Yak-1s. They also received a number of Yak-7Bs and Yak-9s to make up for losses.

152 GIAP went back to combat operations on 13 April 1944 on the 2nd Ukrainian Front.

On 8 July, they were transferred to the 1st Ukrainian Front.

Tereschchenko ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 7.
These had been claimed during 334 combat missions.
During his career, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (twice), the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (twice).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1942                
1 13/01/42   1 Ju 87 (a) Destroyed I-153   Chelebi-Eli 270 IAP
2 14/01/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   W Sem' Kolodezey 270 IAP
  1943                
3 06/08/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Brodok 270 IAP
4 07/08/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   S Tsupovka 270 IAP
5 06/09/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Borki 270 IAP
6 03/10/43   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Likhovka 270 IAP
  1945                
7 18/04/45   1 FW 190 Destroyed Yak   Zabrodt 152 GIAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.

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




Last modified 27 May 2020