Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Starshiy Leitenant 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.

Zhukov served in 38 IAP during his whole career.

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

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. He shared 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. It seems that he possibly was shot down by mistake by own AA fire.
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.
These had been claimed 101 combat missions and 16 air battles.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 11/07/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Ostrov area 38 IAP
  12/07/41   1/3 Bf109 Shared destroyed I-153   Dubrovno 38 IAP
2 12/07/41   1 Bf109 (a) Destroyed I-153   Porkhov area 38 IAP
3 03/02/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   S Staraya Russa airfield 38 IAP
4 03/02/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   SW Staraya Russa 38 IAP
  15/03/42   1/3 Ju 52/3m Shared destroyed LaGG-3   NE Ohrino 38 IAP
5 15/03/42   1 Ju 52/3m Destroyed LaGG-3   S Anino 38 IAP
6 17/03/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   North-Western Front 38 IAP
  21/03/42   1/2 Ju 87 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   Lychkovo 38 IAP
7 21/03/42   1 Ju 87 Destroyed LaGG-3   Lychkovo 38 IAP

Biplane victories: 2 and 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 7 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a “taran” ramming attack.

All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Additional information kindly provided by Ondrej Repka.

Last modified 22 September 2020