Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Boris Vasilievich Yakushev

1916

Boris Yakushev was born in 1916.

Yakushev took part in the Soviet-Finish Winter War where he served in 13 IAP-KBF.

When the Great Patriotic War started June 1941, he served in 71 IAP-KBF, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

On 16 September 1941, he claimed a shared Bf 109 together with two other pilots.

From March to September 1942, he worked as an instructor.

In January 1943, he was posted to 11 IAP-KBF (from 71 IAP-KBF), which also was equipped with I-153s.

He left 11 IAP-KBF for 71 IAP-KBF in May 1943.
The 71 IAP-KBF became the 10 GIAP-KBF on 31 May 1943.

He claimed an Fw 189 on 26 May 1944, while flying a La-5.

In June 1944, he was posted to 3 GIAP-KBF. During his time with the unit it was equipped with La-5s and La-7s.

On 1 August, he claimed an Fw 190 over Rakvere airfield in Estonia.

He claimed a Ju 87 on 4 August.

On 5 August he claimed a Ju 87 over the Gulf of Finland followed by an Fw 190.

On 8 May 1945, he claimed a Ju 52/3m and a shared Ju 88 near Libava, Latvia.

Yakushev ended the war with one shared biplane victory and a total of 6.
He had flown 425 sorties and taken part in 87 air combats.
During his career he was decorated with the Order of Lenin and the Order of the Red Banner (four times).

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  16/09/41   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153     71 IAP-KBF
  1944                
1 26/05/44   1 Fw 189 Destroyed La-5     10 GIAP-KBF
2 01/08/44   1 Fw 190 Destroyed Lavochkin   Rakvere airfield 3 GIAP-KBF
3 04/08/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Lavochkin     3 GIAP-KBF
4 05/08/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Lavochkin     3 GIAP-KBF
5 05/08/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Lavochkin     3 GIAP-KBF
  1945                
6 08/05/45   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed Lavochkin   near Libava 3 GIAP-KBF
  08/05/45   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed Lavochkin   near Libava 3 GIAP-KBF

Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 and 2 shared destroyed.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 19361953 Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2




Last modified 25 September 2016