Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Ivan Alekseyevich Zheltov

1917 – 23 June 1942

South-Western Front, Kharkov direction. The eskadrilya commander kapitan Viktor Gusarov gives orders. Pictured (left to right): starshiy serzhant Ivan Borovoy, leytenant Zheltov, kaptain Viktor Gusarov, leytenant Fedor Bobylkin and leytenant Aleksey Reshetov.
These five pilots from 6 IAP claimed a shared "He 113" on 16 May 1942 together with a sixth unknown pilot. The five pictured pilots totally claimed 15 enemy aircraft destroyed between 11 to 17 May 1942.
Photo by L. Leonidov (TASS) via Soviet Aces 1936-1953.

Ivan Zheltov was born in 1917.

Leytenant Zheltov served in 6 IAP from August 1941 on the South-Western Front. With this unit he initially flew Polikarpov I-153s.

On 6 November 1941, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Star.

In March 1942, 6 IAP re-equipped with Yak-1s and was back on operations from 31 March on the South-Western Front

Leytenant Zheltov claimed a shared "He 113" on 16 May. This was claimed together with kapitan Viktor Gusarov (eskadrilya commander), leytenant Aleksey Reshetov, leytenant Fedor Bobylkin, starshiy serzhant Ivan Borovoy and one unknown pilot north-east of Chuguyev.
Kapitan Gusarov (totally 6 victories) was wounded in an air combat on the same day (same combat?) and suffered additional injuries while landing. He died of his wounds on 18 May.

On 28 May a group of pilots (including Zheltov) and aircraft from 6 IAP was transferred to 273 IAP.

He was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner on 17 June 1942.

Zheltov was killed in air combat on 23 June 1942.

At the time of his death, Zheltov was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 4.
These had been claimed during 154 combat missions (as of 16 May 1942).

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 01/09/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153     6 IAP
  01/09/421   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed Yak-1     6 IAP
2 15/05/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed Yak-1     6 IAP
  16/05/42   1/6 He 113 Shared destroyed Yak-1   NE Chuguyev 6 IAP
3 19/05/42   1 He 111 Destroyed Yak-1     6 IAP
4 26/05/42   1 Hs 126 Destroyed Yak-1     6 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 4 and 2 shared destroyed.

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Last modified 28 February 2020