Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leitenant Aleksandr Egorovich Zhgun

1917 – 19 March 1942

Aleksandr Zhgun was born in 1917.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Zhgun served in 147 IAP, which was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s. This unit operated on the Karelian Front.

On 3 September, five I-153s from 147 IAP claimed a shared Hs 126 over Alakurtti. Pilots taking part in the claim included leitenant Zhgun and mladshii leitenant Viktor Krupskii.

On 7 November 1941, Zhgun was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

In January 1942, a number of pilots was posted away from 147 IAP to 760 IAP. These pilots included Zhgun and Viktor Krupskii.
760 IAP was equipped with Hawker Hurricanes and also operated on the Karelian Front.

On 21 February 1942, six Hurricanes from 760 IAP claimed four shared Bf 109s over Kovda-Knasha. Pilots taking part in these claims included Aleksandr Zhgun and Viktor Krupskii.

Zhgun was killed in air combat on 19 March 1942.

At the time of his death, Zhgun was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 2.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
  27/07/41   1/? Hs 126 Shared destroyed I-153   Northern Front 147 IAP
  03/09/41   1/5 Hs 126 Shared destroyed I-153   Alakurtti 147 IAP
1 14/11/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-153   Karelian Front 147 IAP
  1942                
2 24/01/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Hurricane   Karelian Front 760 IAP
  21/02/42   1/6 Bf 109 Destroyed Hurricane   Kovda-Knasha 760 IAP
  21/02/42   1/6 Bf 109 Destroyed Hurricane   Kovda-Knasha 760 IAP
  21/02/42   1/6 Bf 109 Destroyed Hurricane   Kovda-Knasha 760 IAP
  21/02/42   1/6 Bf 109 Destroyed Hurricane   Kovda-Knasha 760 IAP

Biplane victories: 1 and 2 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 and 6 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 07 November 2019