Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Leytenant Mikhail Nikitovich Zhukov

21 November 1914 – 22 March 1942

Mikhail Zhukov was born on 21 November 1914 in Vablya in the Kursk area.

After graduating from school, he worked on a collective farm (kolkhoz) before starting to study at a technical school.
He joined the Red Army on 16 February 1938.

After completion of the 5th Leningrad military technical school, he served as a technician before graduating from the air school.

He took part in the Soviet-Finnish Winter War in 1939-40.

On the German attack on Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, he served as zveno commander in the 38 IAP on the North-Western Front.

On 12 July, while flying in an I-153, he was involved in combat with five enemy aircraft over Sukhov village. He claimed one Bf109 before ramming a second. He managed to bring back his damaged fighter back to his own airfield.
For this combat, he was awarded with the Order of the Red Banner.

Zhukov was killed in air combat on 22 March 1942.
He was awarded with a posthumously Order of Lenin.

At the time of his death, Zhukov had claimed at least 2 biplane victories and a total of 7 and 3 shared.
These had been claimed 101 combat missions and 16 air battles.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941
               
1 12/07/41   1 Bf109 Destroyed I-153   Shukov 38 IAP
2 12/07/41   1 Bf109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Shukov 38 IAP
3 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       38 IAP
4 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       38 IAP
5 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       38 IAP
6 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       38 IAP
7 ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Destroyed       38 IAP
  ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed       38 IAP
  ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed       38 IAP
  ??/??/4?   1 Enemy aircraft Shared destroyed       38 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

Sources:
Aeroram
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.




Last modified 24 November 2009