Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

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-152s and I-153s. The unit operated in the defence of Murmansk.

On 29 June 1941, he claimed a Junkers over his own airfield (Vayenga) while flying an I-153.

He claimed another enemy aircraft on 9 August 1941 while flying an I-153.
This claim was probalby 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 Junkers Destroyed I-153   Vayenga area 72SmAP-SF
2 09/08/41   1 Enemy aircraft (a) Destroyed I-153   Vayenga area 72SmAP-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.

Last modified 07 June 2005