Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Georgii Sergeevich Zhuikov

1912 –

Georgii Zhuikov was born in 1912.

He joined the Red Army in 1932.

Starshii Leitenant Zhuikov served in 3./7 IAP during the Finnish-Soviet Winter War. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.

Soviet troops pressed closer to the city of Vyborg on 9 March and the fronts bent but didn’t break. LeR 1 kept a close watch of the enemy ground movements while LeR 2 and LeR 3 kept on the strafing and bombing of the troops in the invasion area and attacked the supply columns.
At 12:20, vänrikki Jouko Myllymäki (Morane MS-330) of LLv 28 claimed an I-16 over Uusikirkko.
At 16:30, two I-153 were claimed shot down over Viipurinlahti. These were claimed by vänrikki Kauko Linnamaa (Fiat G.50bis FA-20) of LLv 26 and Danish luutnantti Mogens Fensboe (Morane MS-320) of LLv 28.
Morane MS-322 of LLv 28 was shot down over Vilalahti at 17:00 and luutnantti Erkki Lupari was wounded.
7 IAP was heavy involved in the combat during the day and was the only VVS units claiming victories during the day when they claimed eight fighters and one bomber.
Starshii Leitenant Vladimir Kurochkin and Franchuck of 1./7 IAP (I-16) claimed two shared enemy fighters.
Kapitan N. M. Kidalinskii of 4./7 IAP claimed an enemy bomber.
Starshii Leitenant Zhuikov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed two enemy fighters.
Doletskii of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Viktor Karpukhin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one enemy fighter.
Georgii Glotov and Ivanov of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed a shared fighter.
Mladshii leitenant Alexei Nikitin of 3./7 IAP (I-153) claimed one unconfirmed enemy fighter.
No VVS fighters were lost during the day.

Zhuikov ended the Winter War with 2 biplane victories.

He was decorated with the Order of the Red Star on 21 April 1940 (he was to receive a second sometime during the war).

When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941, Zhuikov served as CO 5./191 IAP, equipped with I-16s and Hurricanes.

He was wounded in air combat on 17 September and recovered in a hospital in Sverdlovsk.

On 29 October, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.

He left 191 IAP in April 1942 and was posted to 9 IAP in August. This unit was equipped with Hurricanes.

On 23 November, he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.

On 30 September 1943, major Zhuikov left 9 IAP and was posted as CO to 21 GIAP (Airacobras).
He remained with this unit to 8 May 1944.

In July 1944, he was posted to 760 IAP (La-5s) as deputy CO and remained with this unit until 14 November the same year.

On 8 August. Major Zhuikov claimed two ‘Curtisses’; one south of Värtsilä and one south-east of Värtsilä airfield.
These claims can’t be verified with Finnish records so it’s possible that they were claimed in combat with German units.

Zhuikov ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 11.

On 11 March 1985, he was decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940                
1 09/03/40   1 Enemy fighter (a) Destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 3./7 IAP
2 09/03/40   1 Enemy fighter (a) Destroyed I-153   Gulf of Vyborg 3./7 IAP
  1941                
  02/09/41   1/6 Do 215 Shared destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
3 03/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
  03/09/41   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
4 08/09/41   1 Hs 123 Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
5 10/09/41   1 ’He 113’ Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
6 10/09/41   1 Ju 87 Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
7 12/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
8 14/09/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed I-16     5./191 IAP
  1943                
9 21/10/43   1 Ju 87 Destroyed Airacobra     21 GIAP
  1944                
10 08/08/44   1 Curtiss (b) Destroyed La-5   S Värtsilä 760 IAP
11 08/08/44   1 Curtiss (b) Destroyed La-5   SE Värtsilä airfield 760 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 11 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) 7 IAP claimed 8 fighters and 1 bomber during the day without losses. Finnish fighters claimed 3 Soviet fighters during the day while losing 1 Morane.
(b) Not verified with Finnish records.

Sources:
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Red Stars 7 - Talvisota Ilmassa - The Winter War In the Air - Carl-Fredrik Geust, 2011 Apali Oy, Tampere, ISBN 978-952-5877-04-5
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Suomen Ilmavoimat part II – 1928-40 – Kalevi Keskinen and Kari Stenman, 2006, ISBN 952-99743-0-2




Last modified 16 May 2017