Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Sergei Yakovlevich Zhukovskii

1918 – 10 November 1980

Sergei Zhukovskii was born in 1918.

He took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War in 1939-40 flying I-153s but didn’t make any claims in this conflict.

In June 1941, Zchukovskii belonged to the 127 IAP of the 11 SmAD.

On 22 June 1941, he flew nine missions in the Grodno area and was involved in combat in all of them. He claimed one victory during the day, 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.

On 8 July 1941, he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

In December 1941, he was posted to 440 IAP, which was equipped with LaGG-3s.
He left this unit in October 1942, being posted to 13 IAP. This unit was equipped with La-5s.

On 25 August 1943, 13 IAP became 111 GIAP.

In March-April 1944, he served in 41 GIAP (La-5s) before being posted to 40 GIAP (La-5s).

He was posted to 88 GIAP (La-5s) in June 1944 and remained with this unit until March 1945 when he was posted to 8 GIAD.

Zhukovskii ended the war with 1 biplane victory and a total of 8.
These were claimed during more than 500 combat missions.
He is reported to have claimed 10 shared victories but only 5 of these have been possible to verify.
During the war, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (six times), the Order of Alexander Nevskii, the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class and the Order of the Red Star (twice).

Zhukovskii died on 10 November 1980.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 22/06/41   1 Bf 110 Destroyed I-153   Grodno 127 IAP
  1942                
2 31/07/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Stalingrad area 440 IAP
  02/08/42   1/4 Bf 110 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Stalingrad area 440 IAP
  24/11/42   1/2 Ju 52/3m Shared destroyed La-5     13 IAP
  30/11/42   1/3 Bf 109 Shared destroyed La-5     13 IAP
3 08/12/42   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed La-5     13 IAP
  10/12/42   1/4 Bf 109 Shared destroyed La-5     13 IAP
  1943                
  22/01/43   1/3 He 111 Shared destroyed La-5   Kerch 13 IAP
4 22/02/43   1 Ju 88 Destroyed La-5     13 IAP
  1944                
5 15/04/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5     41 GIAP
6 14/07/44   1 Ju 87 Destroyed La-5     88 GIAP
  1945                
7 19/02/45   1 Bf 109 Destroyed La-5     88 GIAP
8 22/03/45   1 Fw 190 Destroyed La-5     88 GIAP
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        
  ??/??/4?   1/? Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed        

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 8 and 10 shared destroyed.

Sources:
Aerohobby No.1'94, kindly via Alexey Andreev
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka and Yuri V. Shakhov.




Last modified 14 June 2017