Kapitan Aleksandr Yelkhov
Aleksandr Yelkhov was born in 1917.
Mladshiy leitenant 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, leitenant 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 leitenant 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.
Leitenant 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 these were Yelkhov and leitenant Ivan Konovchenko.
Leitenant Konovchenko also claimed one additional Ju 88.
On 19 August, four I-153s from 38 IAP claimed one Bf 109 over Suslovo and one over Utochkino. One of the claiming pilots was Mikhail Gorbanev. It’s possible that one of the other claiming pilots was Yelkhov since it’s known that he claimed two shared Bf 109s during the day.
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.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|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||1/4||Bf 109||Shared destroyed||I-153||Suslovo||38 IAP|
|19/08/41||1/4||Bf 109||Shared destroyed||I-153||Utochkino||38 IAP|
Biplane victories: 2 and 4 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 4 shared destroyed.
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