In June 1941, Yeltsov belonged to the 127 IAP of the 11 SmAD.
On 22 June 1941, he claimed three victories, all of them while flying the Polikarpov I-153.
The 127 IAP made claims for 20 enemy planes on 180 sorties on the first day of the German invasion. In fact German losses had been quite low that day, amounting to perhaps a tenth of the total Soviet claims, the general chaos and heat of combat leading to some disproportionate overclaiming.
Yeltsov ended the war with 3 victories claimed while flying biplanes.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||127 IAP|
|2||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||127 IAP|
|3||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||127 IAP|
Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 3 destroyed.
Triumf a tragedie - Milos Sedivy and Valerii Dymich, 2001 Svet kridel, ISBN-80-85280-70-1 kindly provided by Tomáš Polák