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  MiG-15 Serial Number 120125  
VSS
139th GIAP
1st Squadron

Pilot Â Capt Mikhail F. Grachyov, C.O. 1st Squadron (KIA)
Crashed  November 9, 1950


Aircraft History
Built by Mikoyan–Gurevich. Assigned to the Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VSS, Soviet Air Force) to the 139th Guards Fighter Regiment (GvIAP), 1st Squadron. This aircraft was in a natural metal finish with Chinese markings. Nose Number 125 (Red 125). The tail rudder had red and white stripes.

Mission History
On November 9, 1950 took off from Liaoyang Airfield on a mission to intercept AD-4 Skyraiders and F4U Corsairs from USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) attacking bridges over the Yalu River. Engaged by their top cover, F9F Panther jets from VF-111 that dispersed the MiG-15s.

During the dogfight, this aircraft was intercepted by F9F Panther piloted by LCDR William T. Amen C. O. of VF-111 off the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), flying an aircraft borrowed from VF-112. Amen Panther got behind this aircraft and opened fire with his 20mm cannons as the MiG tried to dive away. Around 3,000' the MiG rolled over and crashed into a small hill. Pilot Grachyov never bailed out and was either killed in the air or died in the crash.

This was the first verifiable "jet versus jet" kill during the Korean War, as Grachyov's loss is confirmed in Soviet records, verifying Amen's victory claim.

References
Amen's F9F Panther flown on the mission was borrowed from VF-112.
USS Philippine Sea CV 47 page 20
Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War profile 6 and text reference
Unforgotten Hero: Remembering a Fighter Pilot's Life, War and Ultimate Sacrifice
The Naval Air War in Korea, page 74 Grachyov's rank is listed as "Sr. Lt." (Senior Lieutenant)
Korean War Almanac page 131
Air Combat: An Oral History of Fighter Pilots page 122, 134 (incorrect date Nov 10, 1950)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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