Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Polkovnik Alexandr Ivanovich Yakimov

1914 –

Alexandr Yakimov was born in 1914.

Yakimov took part in Khalkhin Gol where he flew Polikarpov biplanes (I-15bis and I-153) in 22 IAP.

The 22 IAP was in combat on 25 August and Mikhail Abzianidze (I-16) claimed a shared Ki-27 together with three other pilots. Yakimov (Polikarpov biplane) claimed two shared Ki-27s with four other pilots south of Lake Kuhun-Hu. It seems that Vasily Naydenko (I-16) was one of the pilots taking part in one of these shared Ki-27s since he claimed one Ki-27 with four other pilots and one bomber (“LB”) and a second Ki-27 with twelve other pilots south of Lake Kuhun-Hu. Leitenant Pavel Solntsev (I-16) claimed a shared Ki-27 with seven other pilots in the Lake Usur-Nur area.
The number on the claimants on this day are confusing and Mladshii Leitenant Aleksandr Smirnov claimed one shared Ki-27 (reported as a ”I-97”) north of Lake Usur-Nur together with another pilot, a second shared Ki-27 (also reported as a ”I-97”) south of Lake Kuhun-Hu together with ten other pilots. Finally he claimed a shared bomber (reported as a ”LB”) south of Lake Kuhun-Hu together with ten other pilots. It seems that he at least was involved in the claims reported by Naydenko and possibly also by the one reported by Solntsev.

When the Great Patriotic War started June 1941, he served in 520 IAP, which was equipped with LaGG-3s.

On 17 October 1941, he claimed a Ju 88.

With two other pilots, he claimed a shared Hs 126 on 9 March 1942.

On 28 March, he claimed a Bf 109 east of Sheveleva.

In April 1942, Yakimov was posted to 434 IAP, which initially flew Yak-1s but quickly re-equipped with Yak-7Bs in time for the fighting over Stalingrad.

On 13 June, he claimed a shared Bf 109 over Sipovatoe with 13 other pilots.

He claimed a single Bf 109 over Kupyansk on 23 June.

On 2 July, he claimed a Bf 109 over Volokonovka.

Over Kalach, he claimed a Ju 88 on 28 July.

On 16 September, he claimed a Ju 88 over Stalingrad.

He claimed a Bf 109 on 21 September.

The 434 IAP became the 32 GIAP on 21 November 1942.

In June 1943, he was temporarily posted to 265 IAP but moved on to 291 IAP already in July where he served until the end of the war.

Yakimov ended the war with two shared biplane victory and a total of 7.
He had flown 175 sorties.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner (two times), the Order of Alexandr Nievskii and the Order of Patriotic War.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  25/08/39   1/5 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   S Lake Kuhun-Hu 22 IAP
  25/08/39   1/5 Ki-27 Shared destroyed Polikarpov biplane   S Lake Kuhun-Hu 22 IAP
1 17/10/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3     520 IAP
  09/03/42   1/3 Hs 126 Shared destroyed LaGG-3     520 IAP
2 28/03/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   E Sheveleva 520 IAP
  13/06/42   1/14 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Yak-1   Sipovatoe 434 IAP
3 23/06/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Kupyansk 434 IAP
4 02/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1   Volokonovka 434 IAP
5 28/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-1   Kalach 434 IAP
6 16/09/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed Yak-7B   Stalingrad 434 IAP
7 16/09/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-7B     434 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 4 shared destroyed.

All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2

Last modified 03 October 2018