Vasily Afonin

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Vasily Maximovich Afonin (Russian: Василий Максимович Афонин) (1919 – January 4, 1996) was a Soviet air ace who fought in the German-Soviet War.

Vasily Afonin also participated in the Winter War of 1939-1940.

During the German-Soviet War he fought with the 72 GIAP, flying at various times the LaGG-3, Yak-1, Yak-7, Yak-9 and Yak-3.

Retiring at the rank of lieutenant-colonel, Afonin was officially credited with 14 personal and 3 shared victories in the air (or 11 personal and 2 shared victories):

Date Planes shot Enemy plane Place
18.07.1943 1 Ju 87 to the west of Medvedki
18.07.1943 1/2 Fw 190 to the east of Medvedki
18.07.1943 1 Fw 190 south-western outskirts of Syzenka
12.08.1943 1 Fw 190 to the west of Upper Pesochnya
12.08.1943 1 Fw 190 Lubenka airfield
13.08.1943 1 Ju 87 Upper Pesochnya
14.08.1943 1 Ju 87 Upper Pesochnya
14.08.1943 1 Fw 190 Natarovo
16.08.1943 1 Ju 87 Lubenka
19.08.1943 1 Fw 190 Vorontsovo
17.07.1944 1 Fw 190 Naumovichi
17.07.1944 1/2 Fw 190 to the north-west of Grodno
14.10.1944 1 Fw 190 to the west of Makuv

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.

References[edit]

  • "Асы Великой Отечественной. Самые результативные летчики 1941-1945 гг." ("Aces of the Great Patriotic War. Pilots of 1941-1945 with top results"), by Mikhail Bykov, 2007
  • Corrections done to the previously listed book