Polkovnik Ivan Sergeyevich Zudilov HSU
Ivan Zudilov was born in Krutovo on 8 June 1919.
He joined the Red Army in 1938.
In 1939, he graduated from Orenburg Military Aviation School.
In June 1941, mladshiy leitenant Zudilov served in 42 IAP, flying Polikarpov I-153s.
On 22 June, he claimed a Bf 109 by a taran ramming attack.
In July 1941, he was posted to 163 IAP. With this unit, he flew Yak-1s.
He was wounded in air combat on 12 August.
Without getting any treatment, he escaped from the hospital and returned to his regiment.
On 5 May 1942, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 1034) and the Order of Lenin.
He was posted to 157 IAP in November 1942 as a CO of a eskadrilya and was to fly LaGG-3s, Yak-7s, Yak-9s, Yak-1s and Yak-3s with this unit.
On 6 July 1943, ten Yak-7s from 157 IAP under the command of kapitan Zudilov covered troops in the area of Ponyri-Maloarkhangelsk, Oryol oblast. At an altitude of 1,500 meters and flying under clouds, the Soviet fighters were surprised by a reported twelve FW 190s attacked through the clouds. One Yak-7B was immediately shot down but the pilot was able to parachute and landed in friendly territory.
The subsequent combat took place in and out through the clouds down to an altitude of 500-600 meters.
At an altitude of 1,200 meters, Zudilov attacked a FW 190 from below while it tried to get on the tail of one of the Yak-7 and shot it down from 100 meters west of Ponyri. Starshiy leitenant Savchenkov claimed a second FW 190 at an altitude of 1,400 meters when he attacked it from below and to the right of it. At an altitude of 800-1000 meters leitenant Ivan Maslov claimed a third from 100-50 meters while serzhant Grigoriy Yakimovich at an altitude of 1,000-1,200 meters claimed a fourth FW 190 north-west of Ponyri. A fifth FW 190 was claimed by Viktor Yashin east of Ponyri.
Having lost five aircraft, the enemy fighters withdrew from the battlefield.
On 7 July, Zudilov claimed one FW 190 south of Vozy while Grigory Yakimovich claimed a second over Vozy.
The Yak-9s of 157 IAP claimed at least four FW 190s on 23 February 1944, when Zudilov claimed one over Novosolki and one west of Rogachev while Nikolay Brodskiy (14 victories) claimed one over Rogachev and one south-east of Bliznetsy.
At the end of the war, Zudilov was credited with 1 biplane victory and a total of 26.
These had been claimed during 378 missions and 100 air combats.
During the war, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner (four times; 25 July 1941, 24 February 1942, unknown and 9 July 1943) and the Order of Aleksandr Nevsky (6 July 1944).
He continued to serve in the VVS after the war and in 1949, he graduated from the Air Force Academy.
He resigned from the VVS as a polkovnik in 1961 due to health reasons to live in Odessa.
Ivan Zudilov passed away on 7 October 1980
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||Bf 109 (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Vilnius||42 IAP|
|05/08/41||1/?||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||Kholmy||163 IAP|
|2||09/08/41||1||Hs 126||Destroyed||Yak-1||Boltutino||163 IAP|
|3||10/08/41||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Boltutino||163 IAP|
|4||09/09/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Yel’nya||163 IAP|
|10/09/41||1/?||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||Khmary||163 IAP|
|5||04/10/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Yel’nya||163 IAP|
|6||11/10/41||1||He 111||Destroyed||Yak-1||Spas-Demensk||163 IAP|
|7||21/01/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Kholm||163 IAP|
|04/02/42||1/2||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||Kholm||163 IAP|
|8||11/02/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||Yak-1||Kholm airfield||163 IAP|
|9||11/02/42||1||Ju 52/3m||Destroyed||Yak-1||Kholm airfield||163 IAP|
|20/02/42||1/2||Ju 52/3m||Shared destroyed||Yak-1||NW Kuzenkino||163 IAP|
|10||26/02/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||SE Kholm airfield||163 IAP|
|11||11/07/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Belyy||163 IAP|
|12||02/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Rhzev area||163 IAP|
|13||05/08/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Rhzev area||163 IAP|
|14||10/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Santalovo||163 IAP|
|15||24/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Rhzev||163 IAP|
|16||25/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Rhzev area||163 IAP|
|17||27/08/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Rhzev area||163 IAP|
|18||28/08/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-1||Santalovo||163 IAP|
|16/01/43||1/2||FW 189 (b)||Shared destroyed||LaGG-3||Sady||157 IAP|
|19||05/07/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Yezhiluta||157 IAP|
|20||06/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Ponyri||157 IAP|
|21||07/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||S Vozy||157 IAP|
|22||19/08/43||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Novo-Yamskaya - Semonovskaya||157 IAP|
|23||23/02/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9||Novosolki||157 IAP|
|24||23/02/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9||W Rogachev||157 IAP|
|25||01/05/44||1||FW 189||Destroyed||Yak-1B||S Liski||157 IAP|
|26||11/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-3||Nova Volya||157 IAP|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 26 and 5 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a taran ramming attack.
(b) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.
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