Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Podpolkovnik Stefan Efimovich Voitenko HSU

26 July 1909 – 21 April 1992

Stefan Voitenko was born on 26 July 1909.

He joined the Red Army in 1931.

Leitenant Voitenko took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War in 1939-1940 where he flew Polikarpov I-153s in 13 IAP-KBF of the Baltic Sea Fleet.

He totally claimed one biplane victory during the Winter War. This was claim during 95 missions and 10 air combats.

When Germany invade the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Starshii Leitenant Voitenko served as deputy eskadrilia commander in 2./8 IAP-ChF of the Black Sea Fleet, flying Polikarpov I-153s.

He was wounded while flying a reconnaissance mission on 30 October 1941 and was sent to Sevastopol for treatment. He didn’t return to 8 IAP-ChF after this.

Voitenko was posted to 62 IAP-ChF in July 1942, flying LaGG-3s and Yak-1 with this unit.

On 10 August 1942, Voitenko and Boris Maslov claimed a shared Bf 110 east of Novorossiysk Bay. Voitenko then claimed an Bf 109 in the Novorossiysk area before he and Maslov claimed a shared Ju 88 over Abrau-Dyurso.

Voitenko left 62 IAP-ChF during 1943 when he was posted to 6 GIAP-ChF. This was the old 8 IAP-ChF, which had become a guard’s unit on 3 April 1942. With this unit he flew Yak-1 and Yak-9s.

On 10 February 1944, the Yak-9s from 6 GIAP-ChF was in combat. First Boris Akulov claimed a Bf 109 before he and Voitenko claimed a Ju 87 each.

On 5 November 1944, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (# 3800) and the Order of Lenin.
At the time he had flown 241 missions and taken part in 45 air combats.

On 30 December 1944, he took command of 43 IAP-KBF of the Baltic Fleet. This unit was at the time equipped with Bell P-39 Airacobras.

On 19 July 1945, the unit was redeployed to the Pacific Fleet and at the same time the re-equipped with P-63 Kingcobras.

With this unit, he took part in the Soviet-Japanese War between 9 August and 3 September 1945.

Voitenko ended the war with 5 biplane victories and a total of 11.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of Lenin (1 May 1940 and 5 November 1944), the Order of the Red Banner (6 March 1942, 5 November 1942), the Order of Patriotic War, 1st Class (15 April 1944 and 11 March 1985) and the Order of the Red Star (3 November 1944 and one more time at unknown date).

He continued to serve after the war.

Voitenko passed away on 21 April 1992.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
1 19/02/40   1 Gladiator Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Tervajoki-Havinimaa 13 IAP-KBF
  1941                
2 21/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Chaplinka airfield 2./8 IAP-ChF
3 21/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Chaplinka airfield 2./8 IAP-ChF
4 23/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Chaplinka airfield 2./8 IAP-ChF
5 26/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Polikarpov I-153   Armyansk 2./8 IAP-ChF
  1942                
6 31/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Novorossiysk area 62 IAP-ChF
  10/08/42   1/2 Bf 110 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   E Novorossiysk Bay 62 IAP-ChF
7 10/08/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Novorossiysk area 62 IAP-ChF
  10/08/42   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Abrau-Dyurso 62 IAP-ChF
  1944                
8 23/01/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-9   Katerlez 6 GIAP-ChF
9 10/02/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Yak-9     6 GIAP-ChF
10 08/05/44   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed Yak-9   Sevastopol area 6 GIAP-ChF
11 10/05/44   1 Bf 110 Destroyed Yak-9   Chersonesos lighthouse 6 GIAP-ChF

Biplane victories: 5 destroyed.
TOTAL: 11 and 2 shared destroyed.

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




Last modified 30 August 2018