Kapitan Ivan K. Tumanov
Tumanov was a veteran from the Spanish Civil War.
In 1941, he served as CO of an eskadrilya of the 72 SmAP-SF, which was equipped with a mixture of Polikarpov I-15bis and I-153s. The unit operated in the defence of Murmansk.
On 29 June, Ju 88s attacked Vayenga airfield. The I-153s from 72 SmAP-SF intercepted these and Vasiliy Adonkin claimed a Ju 88 and three more shared as did leitenant Fedor Plotko. The three shared Ju 88s were shared among five pilots including Adonkin, leitenant Plotko and starshiy leitenant Viktor Alagurov. A sixth Ju 88 was claimed by Tumanov.
He claimed another enemy aircraft on 9 August 1941 while flying an I-153.
This claim was probably made against Luftflotte 5, which attacked Vayenga twice during the day and the pilots of 72 SmAP-SF took off and fought vigorously against both raids.
Tumanov ended the war with 2 biplane victories.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||29/06/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-153||Vayenga airfield||72 SmAP-SF|
|2||09/08/41||1||Enemy aircraft (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Vayenga airfield||72 SmAP-SF|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
(a) Probably claimed in combat with aircraft from Luftflotte 5.
Black Cross/Red Star Volume I - Christer Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov, 2000 Pacifica Military History, ISBN 0-935553-48-7
Le Chaika et l’attaque au sol (Les I-153 dans le Caucaseet au Kouban en 1942-43) – Dmitriy Karlenko, 2003 Air Magazine No.17 dec 2003/jan 2004, kindly provided by Ondrej Repka
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.