Biplane fighter aces

Soviet Union

Major Boris Vladimirovich Zhurin

1921 – 9 August 1942

Boris Zhurin was born in Tetyushi in 1921.

He joined the Red Army in 1938.

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, mladshii leitenant Zhurin served in 129 IAP flying Polikarpov I-153s and MiG-3s.

Between 30 June and 17 July, 129 IAP was reorganized at Orel aerodrome and completely re-equipped with MiG-3s.

129 IAP was withdrawn from the front again on 20 October and re-equipped with LaGG-3s. They returned to the Front (the Kalinin Front) on 6 November.

He was awarded the Order of the Red Star on 3 November 1941.

On 6 December 1941, 129 IAP became 5 GIAP.

He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner on 29 December 1941.

On 21 March 1942, and Vasiliy Yefremov claimed a Bf 109 while leading five LaGG-3s to engage a superior Luftwaffe formation between Gladovo-Tarutino. Seven German aircraft were claimed shot down for no losses. One of these were claimed by Zhurin.

He was awarded a second Order of the Red Banner on 6 April 1942.

Major Zhurin was shot down in combat south-east of Zubtsovo on 8 August 1942. He was seen to parachute from his LaGG-3 but became missing.
At the time, he was CO of one of the eskadrilias in 5 GIAP.

At the time of his death, Zhurin was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 9.
These had been claimed during approximately 250 combat missions and more than 50 air combats.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941                
1 23/06/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed I-153   Minsk 129 IAP
2 15/08/41   1 Bf 109 Destroyed MiG-3   Yartsevo district 129 IAP
3 27/09/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed MiG-3   N Nikitinka Station 129 IAP
4 04/10/41   1 Do 215 Destroyed MiG-3   Panovo-Bykovo 129 IAP
5 05/12/41   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Kalinin District 129 IAP
  1942                
  18/02/42   1/2 Bf 109 Shared destroyed LaGG-3   W Burnusovo 5 GIAP
6 21/03/42   1 Bf 110 Destroyed LaGG-3   Gladovo-Tarutino 5 GIAP
7 05/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3   Baturino 5 GIAP
8 10/07/42   1 Ju 88 Destroyed LaGG-3     5 GIAP
9 03/08/42   1 Bf 109 Destroyed LaGG-3   Martyukovo 5 GIAP

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 9 and 1 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 29 October 2019