List of World War II aces from the Soviet Union

Summary

This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from the Soviet Union.

  This color, along with the corresponding footnote, indicates that a listed person's ace status is disputed.

Name Total Individual
victories
shared
victories
Notes References
Grigory Rechkalov 65 61 4 Or 56 solo and 5 shared.[1] [2]
Ivan Kozhedub 64 64 Estimates vary slightly, but all credit him with at least 60 solo. [3][4]
Nikolai Gulaev 60 55 5 [5]
Kirill Yevstigneev 56 53 3 [6]
Dmitry Glinka 50 50 [7]
Alexander Pokryshkin 49 45 4 Estimates widely vary; recent estimates tend to be less than official Soviet accounts. [8]
Amet-khan Sultan 49 30 19 [9][10]
Aleksandr Koldunov 47 46 1 [11]
Nikolai Skomorokhov 47 44 3 Other sources indicate two shared kills[12] [13]
Arseny Vorozheykin 46 45 1 Also gained aerial victories in the battle for Khalkhin Gol [14]
Andrey Borovykh 46 29 17 [15]
Vladimir Serov 45 39 6 Including one aerial ramming. [16]
Vladimir Lavrinenkov 43 36 7 Some sources indicate 11 shared kills.[17] [18]
Aleksey Ryazanov 43 31 12 Some sources indicate 16 instead of 12 shared kills.[19] [20]
Fyodor Arkhipenko 43 28 15 [21]
Nikolai Krasnov 42 41 1 Other estimates indicate up to 44 solo shootdowns. [22]
Sergey Morgunov 41 41 [23]
Mikhail Pivovarov 41 40 1 [24]
Ivan Stepanenko 41 32 9 [25]
Vitaly Popkov 40 40 [26][27]
Ivan Babak 40 35 5 [28]
Pyotr Gnido 40 34 6 [29]
Mikhail Komelkov 40 33 7 [30]
Andrey Baklan 41 20 21 Or 17 solo and one shared. [31]
Ivan Likhobabin 39 32 7 [32]
Pavel Kamozin 38 34 4 [33]
Valentin Makarov 38 28 10 [34]
Ivan Maslov 38 23 15 [35]
Ivan Fyodorov 37 37 Including one aerial ramming [36]
Nikolai Artamonov 37 28 9 [37]
Ilya Shmelyov 37 27 10 Or 26 solo and one shared. [38]
Vasily Mikhalyov 37 23 14 Or 22 solo and four shared. [39]
Aleksey Smirnov 36 35 1 [40]
Aleksandr Karpov 36 27 9 [41]
Konstantin Kovalyov 36 22 14 Or 19 solo and 12 shared. [42]
Sergey Lugansky 35 34 1 Other sources indicate 36 solo and two shared. [43]
Fyodor Chubukov 35 30 5 [44]
Andrey Kulagin 35 30 5 [45]
Aleksey Alelyukhin 34 28 6 [46]
Mikhail Mudrov 34 26 8 Estimates slightly vary. [47]
Vladimir Bobrov 34 23 11 [48]
Stepan Novichkov 34 33 1 [49]
Aleksandr Klubov 34 31 3 [50]
Vladimir Merkulov 33 29 4 [51]
Konstantin Novikov 33 28 5 Other estimates include 28 solo and 3 shared, or alternatively 31 solo and nine shared. [52]
Pavel Babaylov 33 27 6 [53]
Nikolai Zelenov 33 24 9 [54]
Nikolai Ignatev 33 22 11 Includes one aerial ramming. [55]
Nikolai Kuznetsov 33 21 12 [56]
Pavel Tarasov 32 31 1 [57]
Mikhail Zelyonkin 32 28 4 [58]
Ivan Romanenko 32 29 3 [59]
Anatoly Grachyov 32 25 7 [60]
Aleksandr Lobanov 32 24 8 [61]
Aleksey Reshetov 32 22 10 [62]
Aleksandr Dyachkov 31 30 1 [63]
Sergey Glinkin 31 30 1 Plus one aerostat. [64]
Pavel Golovachev 31 30 1 [65]
Ivan Kravtsov 31 27 4 [66]
Ivan Zudilov 31 26 5 [67]
Viktor Nagornyy 31 25 6 [68]
Aleksandr Kochetov 31 20 11 [69]
Viktor Kirilyuk 30 29 1 [70]
Vasily Kurochkin 30 27 3 [71]
Aleksandr Lavrenov 30 27 3 [72]
Pyotr Likholetov 30 23 7 [73]
Ivan Borisov 30 22 8 [74]
Aleksey Murashev 30 22 8 [75]
Andrey Chirkov 30 22 8 [76]
Vasily Markov 29 29 [77]
Mikhail Sachkov 29 29 [78]
Boris Glinka 29 27 2 [79]
Shalva Kiriya 29 27 2 [80]
Aleksandr Kumanichkin 29 27 2 [81]
Anatoly Tyutin 29 27 2 [82]
Nikolai Kitaev 29 24 5 [83]
Nikolai Rudenko 29 24 5 [84]
Aleksey Gubanov 29 23 6 [85]
Ilya Pavlovsky 29 20 9 [86]
Aleksey Solomatin 29 13 16 Or six shared [87]
Dmitry Medvedev 29 14 15 [88]
Sergey Gorelov 28 27 1 [89]
Ivan Kornienko 28 26 2 [90]
Spartak Makovsky 28 25 3 [91]
Ivan Sytov 28 25 3 [92]
Mikhail Pogorelov 28 23 5 [93]
Pavel Kutakhov 28 12 16 [94]
Igor Kaberov 28 10 18 [95]
Boris Kovzan 28 28 Four individual kills were aerial rammings. Ace status disputed; not listed in Bykov's collection of aces. [96]
Sergey Safronov 28 24 4 [97]
Nikolai Dunaev 28 21 7 [98]
Viktor Yashin 27 26 1 [99]
Yegor Vasilevsky 27 25 2 [100]
Valentin Vedeneev 27 24 3 [101]
Aleksandr Laukhin 27 24 3 [102]
Arkady Kovachevich 27 20 7 [103]
Pyotr Pokryshev 27 18 9 Other sources credit more unconfirmed kills.[104] [105]
Nikolai Gusarov 27 16 11 [106]
Aleksey Churilin 26 26 [107]
Pavel Dolgaryov 26 26 [108]
Ivan Leonovich 26 26 [109]
Akop Manukyan 26 26 [110]
Boris Rogov 26 26 [111]
Ivan Sklyarov 26 26 [112]
Pyotr Grishchenko 26 25 1 [113]
Andrey Trud 26 25 1 [114]
Pavel Chepinoga 26 25 1 [115]
Ivan Kuznetsov 26 23 3 [116]
Vasily Barsukov 26 22 4 [117]
Aleksandr Sitkovsky 25 25 [118]
Aleksey Yegorov 25 25 [119]
Dmitry Yermakov 25 25 [120]
Vasily Bondarenko 25 24 1 [121]
Ivan Gorbunov 25 24 1 [122]
Anatoly Kozhevnikov 25 23 2 [123]
Viktor Suvirov 25 23 2 [124]
Konstantin Krasavin 25 22 3 [125]
Pavel Muravyov 25 22 3 [126]
Boris Safonov 25 20 5 Western sources typically indicate a higher tally.[127] [128][129]
Mikhail Baranov 24 24 [130]
Vladimir Denisenko 24 24 [131]
Ivan Laveykin 24 24 [132]
Vasily Merkushev 24 24 [133]
Ivan Popov 24 24 [134]
Vasily Zaitsev 24 24 Also credited with having 34 personal and 19 shared victories.[135] [136]
Ivan Borisenko 24 23 1 [137]
Ivan Tabakov 24 23 1 [138]
Yevgeny Savitsky 24 22 2 Or eighteen solo and one shared. [139]
Viktor Aleksandryuk 24 21 3 [140]
Arkady Fyodorov 24 20 4 Estimates vary slightly. [141]
Lev Shestakov 24 16 8 Does not include two solo plus one shared victory from Spanish Civil War. [142]
Aleksey Khlobystov 24 6 18 Some estimates credit 7 solo and 24 shared consisting of three instead of two aerial rammings.[143] [144]
Vazgen Oganesov 23 23 [145]
Vasily Rogozhin 23 23 [146]
Nikolai Surnev 23 23 [147]
Mikhail Mazan 23 20 3 [148]
Fyodor Mitrofanov 23 20 3 [149]
Nikolai Pechyonyy 23 20 3 [150]
Vasily Sidorenkov 23 20 3 [151]
Aleksandr Bastrikov 23 22 1 [152]
Pavel Gavrilin 23 22 1 [153]
Konstantin Komardinkin 23 22 1 [154]
Aleksandr Bilyukin 23 21 2 [155]
Nikolai Bykasov 23 21 2 [156]
Semyon Kratinov 23 21 2 [157]
Leonty Slizen 23 21 2 [158]
Leonid Bykovets 23 19 4 [159]
Mikhail Kuznetsov 23 19 4 Possibly one shared. [56]
Ivan Kleshchyov 23 13 10 [160]
Viktor Dudnichenko 22 22 [161]
Anatoly Konstantinov 22 22 [162]
Viktor Merenkov 22 22 [163]
Vitaly Mikryukov 22 22 [164]
Nikolai Miokov 22 22 [165]
Konstantin Sukhov 22 22 [166]
Vladimir Yegorovich 22 22 [167]
Ilya Andrianov 22 21 1
Pyotr Nikonorov 22 21 1
Leonid Ryzhy 22 21 1
Fyodor Shikunov 22 21 1 [168]
Dmitry Ashchaulov 22 20 2 [169]
Sergey Burnazyan 22 20 2 [170]
Aleksandr Karasyov 22 20 2 Gained additional shootdowns in the Korean war. [171]
Nikolai Lavitsky 22 20 2 [172]
Nikolai Pinchuk 22 20 2 [173]
Nikolai Naydyonov 22 18 4 [174]
Sergey Ivanov 21 21 [175]
Nikolai Leonov 21 21 [176]
Vyacheslav Sirotin 21 21 [177]
Aleksandr Vybornov 21 21 [178]
Aleksandr Karaev 21 20 1 [179]
Sergey Lazarev 21 20 1 [180]
Andrey Fedotov 21 20 1 [181]
Vasily Ziborov 21 20 1 [182]
Oleg Smirnov 21 21 [183]
Andrey Girich 21 17 4 [184]
Chichiko Bendeliani 21 9 12 [185]
Nikolai Belousov 20 20 [186]
Dmitry Gudkov 20 20 [187]
Adil Guliyev 20 20 [188]
Vasily Mukhin 20 20 [189]
Yakov Ovodov 20 20 [190]
Vladimir Semyonov 20 20 [191]
Ivan Somov 20 20 [192]
Aleksandr Shishkin 20 20 [193]
Ivan Vitkovsky 20 20 [194]
Ivan Vishnyakov 20 20 [195]
Aleksandr Voronko 20 20 [196]
Pyotr Yakubovsky 20 20 [197]
Boris Zhigulyonkov 20 20 [198]
Pyotr Bazanov 20 18 2 [199]
Nikolai Shutt 20 18 2 [200]
Alim Baisultanov 18 5 13 [201]
Georgy Baevsky 19 19 [202]
Daniil Barchenkov 19 19 Estimates vary slightly, with some indicating 21 shootdowns. [117]
Georgy Kuzmin 19 18 1 Estimates vary slightly, with some indicating 21 solo and 7 shared. [203]
Shamil Abdrashitov 18 18 [204]
Alexander Kabiskoy 17 17 Includes one aerostat. [205]
Ivan Kuzmichyov 17 15 2 [206]
Semyon Bychkov 15 10 5 Taken prisoner, served in Luftwaffe, and executed by USSR for treason on 4 November 1946. [207]
Luka Muravitsky 15 5 10 [208]
Stepan Bakhaev 15 12 3 Gained additional shootdowns in the Korean War. [209]
Anatoly Morozov 14 11 3 [210]
Vasily Afonin 13 11 2 Possibly 14 solo and 3 shared. [211]
Georgy Lobov 13 10 3 Counts vary slightly. Credited with additional shootdowns during the Korean War. [212]
Ivan Taranenko 13 6 7 Ace status disputed, some indicate only four solo and three shared. [213]
Emir Chalbash 12 8 4 Some credit 11 solo and 6 shared. [214]
Zakhar Sorokin 11 11 [215]
Aleksandr Babaev 10 9 1 [216]
Aleksandr Gridnev 9 5 4 [217]
Lydia Litvyak 8 5 3 Does not include one observation balloon. Counts vary significantly. [218]
Aleksey Maresyev 7 7 Other sources report up to 11 shootdowns [219]
Aleksandr Avdeev 5 5 [220]

See also

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