Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Kapitan Aleksandr Yelkhov

1917 –

Aleksandr Yelkhov was born in 1917.

Mladshiy leytenant Yelkhov took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War.
Between December 1939 and March 1940, he served in 38 IAP flying Polikarpov I-153s. Yelkhov didn’t make any claims during the Winter War.

On 22 February 1941, he was decorated ”for courage”.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leytenant Yelkhov still served in 38 IAP, flying I-153s on the North-Western Front.

On 13 August, the I-153s from38 IAP fought with Ju 88s over Bol’shaya Gorushka and leytenant Ivan Balyuk and Lazar Chapchakhov claimed one each. Chapchakhov also claimed a Bf 110 over the same place. It’s possible that Yelkhov also took part in this combat since it’s known that he claimed a Ju 88 together with another pilot during the day.

Leytenant Ivan Balyuk claimed a shared Ju 88 over Kobylkino on 15 August. This claim was made together with two more pilots and it’s possible that one of them was Yelkhov.

On 27 November 1941, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In 1942, he left 38 IAP and was posted to 652 IAP the same year. He was to remain at this unit until the end of the war in Europe.

Yelkhov ended the war with 2 biplane victories.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 27/07/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   North-Western Front 38 IAP
2 27/07/41   1 PZL Destroyed I-153   North-Western Front 38 IAP
  13/08/41   1/2 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Bol'shaya Gorushka 38 IAP
  15/08/41   1/3 Ju 88 Shared destroyed I-153   Kobylkino 38 IAP
  19/08/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153   North-Western Front 38 IAP
  19/08/41   1/? Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-153   North-Western Front 38 IAP

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

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




Last modified 13 March 2020