Lt.A. G. Lukyanov

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I have no historical sources on the circumstances of the loss of this Ju 88. But on the Russian internet and in historiography[1] it is believed that the reconnaissance aircraft was shot down in aerial combat by Senior Lieutenant A. Lukyanov of the 487th IAP of the 101st Fighter Air Defense Division.[2]

Summary of information:

On January 3, 1942 Lukyanov on MiG-3 was patrolling near the town of Bobrov[3] . Seeing the Ju 88 Lukyanov attacked it. Some media articles report that after the first attack Lukyanov's machine guns failed. Therefore in the second attack he rammed it. The Ju 88 went down near Peskovatka.The problem is that there are two villages with that name near Bobrov - Peskovatka, Bobrovsky district[4] and Peskovatka, Liskinsky district[5]. Lukyanov was able to land after ramming. There is no information about the fate of the German crew.We know that on 31 December 1941 an aircraft from 4.(F)/122 was on a reconnaissance flight in this area and transmitted a radiogram with a message. Therefore, it is highly probable that Lukyanov shot down an Ju 88 (F6+DM) from 4.(F)/122 on January 3, 1942.

See note #3 under the table (by A. Zablotsky and R. Larintsev, article published in 2009):

"3. In episode 6 of January 3, 1942 it is highly probable that the reconnaissance plane was rammed by Lieutenant A.G. Lukyanov, senior lieutenant in a MiG-3 fighter of the 487th IAP of the 101st Air Defence Wing. After the ramming A.G. Lukyanov landed at his airfield. On 4.03.1942 he was given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Page of A.G. Lukyanov on the site "Soviet aces".

The page contains information on Lukyanov's biography and a list of his air victories. Photos of the pilot. Newspaper clippings.

Unfortunately, there is no description of the fight on January 3, 1942. Only one article in "Izvestia" newspaper mentions that recently Lukyanov rammed a German plane (it was the second ram he made in 1941-42). The article was written a few days after Lukyanov was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

I think the accuracy of the information in the article is poor. On the whole, everything is correct. But the circumstances and details of the events in the article are distorted.

Here is this fragment of the article: "Very close to the dugout his MiG is standing. On this machine Lukyanov shot down a German plane recently. Like that time near Moscow, the wounded Junkers ran away at full speed to his own people. Like that time the captain went behind the tail of the enemy. In some hundredths of a second he calculated everything, caught up with it and cut the tail. A few more seconds and the smoking wreckage of the enemy vehicle was lying on the ground".

Another page dedicated to A. Lukyanov:

"On January 3, 1942, on patrol near the town of Bobrov (Voronezh region), he found an enemy Ju-88 bomber and destroyed it with a ramming blow. He landed safely on the damaged aircraft".The article about A. Lukyanov on the website about pilots who committed air ramming (there is no direct link to the article as the website does not provide it).

"He was born on March 12, 1919 in the city of Kramatorsk in what is now Donetsk Oblast in the family of a worker. Russian. A member of the CPSU since 1941. Graduated 6 classes and finished school at the factory "Young Metal Worker" in Dnepropetrovsk. Worked as a mechanic in "Vodokanal" trust. Graduated from the flying club in 1937. Joined the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army on December 26, 1937. In 1938 he graduated from the 1st Kachin Red Banner Military Aviation School named after A.F.Myasnikov. Served in the 34th Fighter Aviation Regiment.A participant of the Great Patriotic War since July, 1941. Distinguished himself in repelling the first enemy air raid on Moscow in the night of July 22. While patrolling at an altitude of 3000 m in the area of Naro-Fominsk on MiG-3, junior lieutenant Lukyanov detected and shot down an enemy bomber. During the next two nights he won two more victories. On July 24, 1941 he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.Lieutenant Lukyanov A.G. was a commander of the 487th fighter aviation regiment (101st fighter aviation division, Voronezh-Borisoglebsky divisional air defense region) on January 3, 1942 was on patrol near Bobrov town of Voronezh region. Having detected an enemy Ju-88 bomber in the air, he rammed it down. He landed at his own aerodrome. On March 4, 1942, he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.He was at war till the end of the war. He was a navigator, adjutant, deputy commander and squadron commander, deputy commander and regiment commander, inspector of corps flying technique. Totally he made 325 operational flights, in 110 air battles he shot down 17 enemy planes.After the war he continued to serve in the Air Force. In 1956, he graduated from the Officer Training Course. Since February, 1968 colonel Lukyanov joined the reserve. He lived in Volgograd. He was awarded the Orders of Lenin, of the Red Banner, of the Patriotic War of the 1-st degree, 2 Orders of the Red Star and medals. Died on December 26, 1986.

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on awarding Lukyanov the title of Hero of the Soviet Union (Note: No.7 in the Decree).

Decree of Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on conferring A.G. Lukyanov the Order of the Red Banner (Note: #17 in Decree)

List of all A.G. Lukyanov's awards

Return to Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jan 1942‎


  1. Evgeniy Puryushin
  2. The first to attribute this victory were R. Larintsev and A. Zablotsky. They are well-known historians in Russia, authors of many books on the history of air warfare.
  3. Voronezh region. Coordinates of the town of Bobrov: 51.097724, 40.035604
  4. Peskovatka, Bobrovsky district Coordinates: 51.259420, 39.943715
  5. Peskovatka, Liskinsky district (Coordinates: 51.057404, 39.787911).