Military Review

The feat of a real person: the life of Alexei Maresyev

31
The feat of a real person: the life of Alexei Maresyev



75 years ago, 4 on April 1942, the plane of Lieutenant Alexei Maresyev was shot down in an air battle.

The pilot, who was injured in his legs, made a forced landing on the territory occupied by German troops. He crawled to the front line 18 for days, from where he was sent to the hospital and underwent amputation of both legs, after which he again went to the front by a fighter pilot. Subsequently, the feat of Alexei Maresyev became the basis of the plot of The Tale of a Real Man by Boris Polevoy.
Alexey Petrovich Maresyev was born 29 in May 1916 (in the old style 16 in May) in the city of Kamyshin, Kamyshin district, Saratov province of the Russian Empire (now the administrative center of the Kamyshin district of the Volgograd region).

TASS remembers the life path of the legendary pilot and his feat.

Family

Father - Peter Avdeevich Maresyev, a soldier of the First World War, died of tuberculosis, when Alexei was three years old.

Mother - Catherine Nikitichna Maresyev, worked as a cleaner at the plant. Alexey was the youngest of her four sons.

Alexey Maresyev was married to Galina Viktorovna Maresyeva (nee Tretyakova, died in 2002), an employee of the Air Force University Management.

The eldest son is Victor (born 1946), an engineer, now President of the Regional Public Foundation A.P. Maresyev "Disabled Insured".

The youngest son is Alexey (1958 – 2002).

Studies

In 1930 in Kamyshin he graduated from six (according to other data - seven) classes of the school, in 1930 – 1932. in the Kamyshin school factory apprenticeship (FZU) mastered the profession of a turner.

In 1933 – 1934 on the job he studied at the Kamyshinsky workers' faculty. M. Gorky Saratov Agricultural Institute (now Saratov State Agrarian University).

In 1940 he graduated from the Bataisk military aviation pilot school named after A.K. Serov (now Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots), in 1952 - the Higher Party School under the Central Committee of the CPSU, in 1956 - graduate school of the Academy of Social Sciences under the Central Committee of the CPSU. Candidate historical Sciences (1956).

Work and service

In 1933 – 1934 Worked at the Kamyshin timber mill as an oil shaker, turner.

In 1934, he was sent to the construction of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where from March 1935 to August 1937 worked as a woodcutter, then a diesel engineer on a Partizan boat. Engaged in the flying club.

In the fall of 1937, he was drafted into the ranks of the Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army (RKKA), until 1938, he served in the 12 th aviation border detachment on Sakhalin Island.

In 1939, sent to the Chita Aviation School.

From 1940, the pilot-instructor of the Batay military aviation school of pilots.

Since the beginning of World War 1941 – 1945. sent to the South-Western Front (first combat flight - 23 August 1941, in the area of ​​Krivoy Rog).

He was a pilot, flight commander of the 296 th Fighter Aviation Regiment, then the 580 th Fighter Aviation Regiment on the North-Western Front.

Feat

April 4 (according to the list of irretrievable losses of the commanding personnel of the 6 th attack airgroup of the Supreme Command Headquarters - April 5) 1942 was fired by the Yare-1 Maresyev fighter in the area of ​​the so-called demyan boiler (Demyansky, Valdai district of the Novyyursk area made a forced landing in the rear of the Nazi troops.

During the 18 day, the pilot, severely wounded at his feet, was crawling to the front line. He was found by the inhabitants of the village of Plav of the Kislovsky Village Council of the Valday District.

At that time, the village of Plav was located in the rear of the Soviet front line, somewhere over 13 km. Sergey and Sashka were the only almost adult men. Some woman and then a man brought a rumor to the village that they had heard the groans in the woods for help, but they didn’t come close to the place. Then everyone was afraid of fascist provocations, the front is near, who is it - Russian or German? Therefore, the old father of Alexander, the grandfather of Mikhail Vikhrov, discouraged the guys to go, but they did not obey, thus Alexei Petrovich Maresyev, and then, by the way, he was only 26 years old, saved his life.

The guys found a pilot in the woods behind the swamp, dragged him to the road, and a little later the same grandfather Vikhrov took him on a cart to the village, from where the wounded man was sent to a military medical unit
Nikolay Malin
Son of Sergei Malin (a resident of the village who saved Maresiev from death)


At the beginning of May, 1942, the city of Maresyev, was transferred to a Moscow hospital, where, because of the developed gangrene, the doctors had to amputate the pilot both lower legs. He mastered dentures and asked to be returned to the army in the field. At the beginning of 43, he underwent a medical examination and was sent to train at the 3 th aviation primary school (Ibresi village and Klimovo village of the Chuvash ASSR, now Chuvashia).

Hero of the Soviet Union

Since June, 1943 - as part of the 63 Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (later on, this military unit repeatedly changed numbers and names, disbanded in 2009).

In the post of deputy commander of the squadron, then assistant commander and navigator of the regiment participated on the La-5FN fighter in the battles of Kursk and in the Baltic States.

20 July 1943 in an air battle with superior enemy forces was saved by a slave plane and the plane of the commander of a neighboring air unit, for which Maresyev was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

In total, during the war years, he made 86 combat missions, conducted 26 air battles in which he personally shot down 11 enemy planes, including seven - after amputation.

After the war

In 1944 – 1946 - Pilot inspector in the Office of Higher Education Institutions of the Air Force (Air Force) of the Red Army.

In July, 1946 was transferred to the reserve in the rank of major.

In 1948 – 1949 - Head of Aviation Training of the 1-th Moscow Air Force Special School (eliminated in 1955).

In the period from 1956 to 1983, he was the executive secretary, and from 1983, the 1 deputy chairman of the Soviet (from 1991, the Russian) committee of war veterans. C 1958. - First Vice-President of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (Federation Internationale des Resistantes, FIR).

8 May 1967 participated in the ceremony of lighting the Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

In 1997 – 2001 - Head of the Regional Public Fund A.P. Maresyev "Invalids of the Great Patriotic War".

Maresyev died 18 on May 2001 in Moscow as a result of a heart attack. He was buried at the Moscow Novodevichy cemetery.

Ranks and regalia

Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR 12-th convocation (1989 – 1991).

Colonel (1978).

Hero of the Soviet Union (24 August 1943 g.).

Awarded two Orders of Lenin (1943, 1986), Orders of the Red Banner (1942), the October Revolution, the Battle of the Red Banner (1942), World War I (1985), two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of the Red Star, Friendship of PeoplesNGNN , Honor (1976), "For services to the Fatherland" III degree (1991), Friendship (1996) and others, orders and medals of foreign countries.

Awarded the Diploma of the Government of the Russian Federation (1996) and the Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (2001).

Freeman of the town of Kamyshin (1968), the Bulgarian town of Stara Zagora (1973), Komsomolsk-on-Amur (1977), Orel (1990).

Winner of the Russian National Award "Olympus" (title "National Hero", 2000).

The author of the brochure "On the Kursk Bulge. Notes on party political work in aviation units in the days of the Battle of Kursk" (1960).

The Tale of a Real Man

Alexey Maresyev was portrayed under the name Meresyev in Boris Polevoy’s book "A Tale of a Real Man" (1946, more than 100 editions in the USSR and the Russian Federation, more than 30 abroad).

The book served as the basis for the performance of the Moscow Art Theater (1948), audio performances (1964, 1973, 1973), the film was made on it (1948, directed by Alexander Stolper) and the opera of the same name (1947 – 1948, composer Sergei Prokofiev, premiered in 1960).

The feat of the pilot formed the basis of the performances of "Fallen from the sky" (directed by Dmitry Bertman, Moscow, Helikon Opera, 2012) and Alexey Maresyev (directed by Sergey Burlachenko, Kamyshinsky Drama Theater, 2015); a series of documentary television films.
Originator:
http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/3295714
31 comment
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Duke
    Duke April 8 2017 06: 58
    +7
    Alexey Petrovich Maresyev.



    1. igordok
      igordok April 8 2017 07: 30
      +1
      In the first photo, interesting shoulder straps. Tell me, do these bands indicate: retired or in stock?
      1. captain
        captain April 8 2017 15: 09
        +6
        Maresyev A.P. is an example of courage for many of our generations. I want to add that he was not alone in our army. Zakhar Artyomovich Sorokin (17 March 1917 - 19 March 1978) is a Hero of the Soviet Union. He flew and fought without both feet. On October 25 of the 1941 of the year, during the battle Z. A. Sorokin made an air ram, but his damaged plane crashed into the tundra. For six days the pilot reached the location of the Soviet units, crawled about 70 km, while he froze his legs. By this time, he had already shot down 6 enemy aircraft (one ram). Returning to the regiment in 1943, he continued to fight. Zakhar Sorokin shot down his seventh plane in February 1943, already on prostheses. The British military attache, who arrived in the Arctic, presented the fighter pilot with a high award - the Order of the British Empire, saying: "As long as there are such people in Russia, she is invincible." In total, Zakhar Sorokin shot down 18 enemy planes, 12 of them being on prostheses. It is a pity that very little is known about such people.
        1. F.NN
          F.NN April 9 2017 20: 06
          0
          Quote: captain
          Zakhar Artyomovich Sorokin (March 17, 1917 - March 19, 1978) - Hero of the Soviet Union. He flew and fought without both feet.

          Polevoy did not write about him. Therefore, in his case, everything was noticeably more modest. Although, in fact, everything was exactly the same as that of Maresyev.
          Since 1958 - First Vice-President of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (Federation Internationale des Resistantes, FIR).

          I wonder what relation Maresyev had to the Resistance movement.
  2. Cat
    Cat April 8 2017 07: 01
    +6
    Thank you for the article!
    I don’t even know how to express my attitude to Maresyev. On the book about him, more than one generation is being brought up, and not only in Russia. His character, his attitude to life, his determination and much, much more is a "brand" - a real Russian person!
    1. Proxima
      Proxima April 8 2017 11: 24
      +6
      Quote: Kotischa
      His character, his attitude to life, his determination and much, much more is a "brand" - a real Russian person!

      What is most surprising is that Maresyev was not unique in this regard. He was just "lucky" that Boris Polevoi met him. Please - Guard Captain Zakhar Artemovich Sorokin, Hero of the Soviet Union (19.08.1944/25.10.1941/6). 70/1943/18 he was shot down and with frostbite feet, bleeding, for 11 days crawled about XNUMX km along the tundra, until he was picked up by the North Sea. Lost both legs. At the beginning of XNUMX he returned to his native regiment. Total shot down XNUMX enemy aircraft, of which XNUMX (!!!) - flying without legs (more than Maresyev).
      TRUE, GREAT TIME - GREAT PEOPLE. .
      1. Cat
        Cat April 8 2017 13: 38
        +4
        Maresyev is a stamp in the history of victory! The question is not who was the first or who is cooler, but rests on the people's awareness of his achievement.
        A writer is a master who cuts a diamond so that it becomes a diamond. Losses can be up to 50%, in the end, the image sometimes remains collective, like in the films "Only Old Men Go into Battle" or "They Fought for their Homeland". But this image is ours, our own.
        And he is real!
      2. captain
        captain April 8 2017 15: 31
        +8
        Ivan Grigoryevich Drachenko is the only combat attack pilot in the world who, having lost his eye in battle, returned to duty and continued to beat the Nazis. On August 14 of 1943 of the year in the Kharkov region, saving the regiment commander, an enemy fighter rammed IL-2. During the ram, he was seriously wounded, unconscious in captivity. In the prisoner of war camp, the Soviet doctor did a difficult operation, but his right eye could not be saved. In September 1943, Drachenko escaped from captivity. After treatment in a Moscow hospital in March, 1944 returned to flight. As part of the 140 Guards Assault Aviation Regiment, he fought until the end of the war.
        During the war years, he made an 151 sortie, in 24 air battles he shot down 5 enemy planes, destroyed 9 at airfields, destroyed the 4 bridge, destroyed a lot of enemy equipment and manpower.
        Full holder of the Order of Glory, Hero of the Soviet Union.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik April 8 2017 07: 25
    +4
    I remember I was still in first grade, came from school, and on the radio they broadcast Literary readings, The Story of a Real Man .. after the first broadcast, I ran away from school to listen to the sequel ...
  4. Olgovich
    Olgovich April 8 2017 07: 30
    +6
    The hero whom Maresyev was equal to became Yuri Gilscher-Russian pilot-hero PMV, flying without a leg.
    The fate of another naval aviator PMV-midshipman is amazing. Alexander Prokofiev-Seversky: after injury and leg amputation, as a result of training, he danced and made marches and great distances. Well fought. Once he was shot down and walked dozens of kilometers on the prosthesis through the forest, went to his own.
    In exile, he created several models of aircraft, wrote several books ...
    1. Amurets
      Amurets April 8 2017 08: 46
      +1
      Quote: Olgovich
      In exile, he created several models of aircraft, wrote several books ..

      But "Thunders of Seversky and Kartveli are known throughout the aviation world.
      https://topwar.ru/82392-istrebitel-severskogo-r-3
      5.html.
      1. Olgovich
        Olgovich April 8 2017 11: 37
        +1
        Quote: Amurets
        https://topwar.ru/82392-istrebitel-severskogo-r-3
        5.html.

        The article you have specified, unfortunately, contains several errors:
        the pilot’s name was not Alexander Prokofievich Seversky, but Alexander Nikolaevich Prokofiev-Seversky.
        By the time of the BOP, he was in Russia, not in the USA.
        1. Amurets
          Amurets April 8 2017 12: 14
          +2
          Quote: Olgovich
          the pilot’s name was not Alexander Prokofievich Seversky, but Alexander Nikolaevich Prokofiev-Seversky.

          All links go to this person here http://www.airaces.ru/asy-rossijjskojj-imperii/se
          verskijj-aleksandr-nikolaevich.html
          I was mistaken only in patronymic. Alexander Prokofiev-Seversky - Russian and American pilot ace, officer, aircraft designer. From hereditary nobles. Hero of World War I, a public figure in the United States. Father, Nikolai Georgievich - baritone singer, operetta artist. One of the first aircraft owners in Russia, in 1911 he graduated from the Gamayun Aviation School and taught both sons to fly. During the First World War he was an instructor in the Gatchina Military Aviation School. instructor. The brother, Georgy Nikolaevich, also fought as a pilot, was in a white movement. After the October Revolution, father and daughter Nika emigrated to Sweden, where they starred in films. George - first to France, then to the USA, was a popular singer, was elected vice chairman of the Society of Former Russian Pilots in America. Alexander in December 1914 graduated from the Naval Cadet Corps and was promoted to the fleet with the rank of midshipman. July 2, 1915 he graduated from the Sevastopol Aviation School was sent by a sea pilot to about. Ezel.
          More details on livelib.ru:
          https://www.livelib.ru/author/631658-aleksandr-pr
          okofevseverskij
          1. Olgovich
            Olgovich April 8 2017 12: 35
            +2
            Quote: Amurets
            I was mistaken only in the middle name. Alexander Prokofiev-Seversky


            Prokofiev-Seversky struck me in memory and struck forty-five years ago: he is mentioned in the novel by Pikul Moonsund.
        2. cost
          cost April 9 2017 03: 18
          +9

          Dokutovich Galina Ivanovna -Main navigator of the 588th (46th Guards) women's night bomber aviation regiment, Hero of the Soviet Union.
          The pilot of the famous regiment "night witches" made 5-8 sorties on the night. Rarely rarely did short moments of rest fall out. Once, having returned from flight, she lay down to rest at the airfield. The gas station driver in a hurry to start did not notice her in the tall grass. There was a great misfortune - the car ran into a sleeping girl. Gali had a broken spine in several places. She had to be evacuated to the rear. She never moaned, did not cry, although she had to endure a terrible pain. Galya was sure that she would fly again. After the hospital, she with disabilities was demobilized. But she managed to re-establish herself in the army and get into her regiment. In January 1943, a female aviation regiment fought in the North Caucasus. Galya was appointed navigator of the regiment. She had to follow the actions of all the navigators and, if any of them lost their orientation, bombed inaccurately, felt in response. Sometimes, as a navigator, she herself flew to combat missions. By that time, Gali had over 120 sorties. On the night of August 1, pilots of the women's aviation regiment carried out another combat mission. That night, the regiment suffered heavy losses: courageously fighting for their homeland, the death of heroes killed 8 pilots. Among them was Galya Dokutovich.
    2. avva2012
      avva2012 April 8 2017 13: 52
      +5
      I think he did not equal anyone. He was a Soviet man who not only wanted to live, but to serve his people and defeat the enemy. For starters, he defeated himself. In this is his greatness, unlike the hero of the novel by Jack London. Love for life. "
      1. Olgovich
        Olgovich April 8 2017 14: 26
        +1
        Quote: avva2012
        I think he did not equal anyone. He was a Soviet man

        No need to think, we must remember the contents of the book "The Story of a Real Man."
        About this pilot the story is in question, it was his example that inspired Maresyev.
        In the book he is deduced as lieutenant Karpovich.

        It was an article about Russian pilots during the First World War. The unfamiliar face of a young officer with a small mustache twisted around Alexey was looking from the page of the magazine
        "slot", with a white cockade on the cap, pulled over the ear.
        “Read, read, right for you,” the Commissioner insisted. Meresyev read. Narrated in an article about Russian military pilotLieutenant Valerian Arkadyevich Karpovich. Flying over enemy
        positions, Lieutenant Karpovich was wounded in the leg by a German explosive bullet "doom-doom." With a fragmented leg, he managed to pull over his front line over the front line and sit down at his own. The foot was taken away from him, but the young officer did not want to leave the army. He invented a prosthesis of his own design. He was engaged in gymnastics for a long time and hard, trained and thanks to this he returned to the army by the end of the war.
        1. avva2012
          avva2012 April 8 2017 16: 00
          +5
          Olgovich, he is primarily a Soviet man and a communist. From the generation that grew up after the Civil War and absorbed the Marxist-Leninist ideology. It is precisely because this generation was basically destroyed by the war and capitalism was restored. And, you, as usual, even in the feat of a communist, are trying to overcome your five cents.
          1. Olgovich
            Olgovich April 8 2017 19: 26
            +2
            Quote: avva2012
            Olgovich, he is primarily a Soviet man and a communist.

            He is, first of all, Russian patriotwho defended his homeland absolutely as lcd as millions of his ancestors in hundreds of wars for the Fatherland before WWII
            Quote: avva2012
            From the generation that grew up after the Civil War and absorbed the Marxist-Leninist ideology. It is precisely because this generation was basically destroyed by the war and capitalism was restored

            Nonsense: there were many such generations, but he was born, by the way, BEFORE the THIEF.
            Quote: avva2012
            And you, as usual, even in the feat of a communist, trying to squeeze your five cents.

            The vast majority dead for the homeland-non-communists. Do you think their feat is less valuable and significant? fool
            In a rude answer, cover up your ignorance of the story.
            1. avva2012
              avva2012 April 9 2017 07: 05
              +3
              Sir, you yourself ....
              And here is the story and "most of those who died for their homeland are not communists"?
              Five seconds, the flight is normal, right? laughing "He is, first and foremost, a Russian patriot." Sir, what are you talking about? He lived in the USSR, was a member of the communist party, that is, he was a Soviet man and a communist. That is, he was a Soviet patriot. As you know, a communist, in particular, is an internationalist. At one time, for trying to establish communism only for Georgians, they shot daddy Lyubov by you, Okudzhava. People were Soviet then, Soviet. Yes, but where, you rudeness, you saw, huh? I did not insult you. What so broke, then? laughing Five cents did not like? So, in fact, less price, much less.
              1. Olgovich
                Olgovich April 9 2017 09: 15
                +2
                Quote: avva2012
                And here is the story and "most of those who died for their homeland are not communists"?

                An article about Maresyev, if you still remember. And millions of heroes, non-communists (both the Socialist Revolutionaries and the Mensheviks, including Millions of believers)
                Quote: avva2012
                Sir, what are you talking about? He lived in the USSR, was a member of the communist party, that is, he was a Soviet man and a communist. That is, he was a Soviet patriot.


                Comrade, he lived in RUSSIA, which was then called (a very short period, now again, like 1000 years — Russia) of the USSR. Therefore, he was a RUSSIAN patriot, living in the Soviet period.
                Quote: avva2012
                Soviet people were then Soviet

                They were Russian, Russian (as you do not disgust). It was to the Heroes of Russia of the past that Stalin turned in the difficult days of the 41st. And also Kazakhs and others. Were BEFORE THIEF, after Thief and after the communists. Soviet, no. Or you show these hundreds of millions — where are they immediately dissolved.
                Quote: avva2012
                and where are you rudenessthen you saw, huh? . .

                "wring out five kopecks "is this yours? Understand the Russian language to catch the difference between" rudeness "and" rude "
                Quote: avva2012
                What so broke, then? Five cents did not like? So, in fact, less price, much less.

                You were only told about your ignorance-ignorance of the "Tale". How much is a person who does not know SUCH works is a rhetorical question.
                1. avva2012
                  avva2012 April 9 2017 11: 23
                  +3
                  Indication of someone’s illiteracy is not a sign of literacy, just as a serious expression on his face is not a sign of intelligence. You don’t have anything, just to say, really. Therefore, you have decided to “indicate”. All your arguments about Russians, not Russians from one source. NTS, called. And earlier, Vlasovism. Well, apparently, you are worthily continuing the work of these gentlemen. ps By the way, I'm not your friend.
                  1. Olgovich
                    Olgovich April 9 2017 12: 09
                    +2
                    Quote: avva2012
                    Indication of someone’s illiteracy is not a sign of literacy, just as a serious expression on his face is not a sign of intelligence. You don’t have anything, just to say, really. Therefore, you have decided to “indicate”. All your arguments about Russians, not Russians from one source. NTS, called. And earlier, Vlasovism. Well, apparently, you are worthily continuing the work of these gentlemen. ps By the way, I'm not your friend.


                    Why this empty CHAIN? Not having no relation neither to the topic, nor to history, nor to common sense?

                    You are indicated by your obvious illiteracy: learn it all.
                    Quote: avva2012
                    By the way, I'm not your friend.


                    I'm so saddened .... lol
          2. veteran66
            veteran66 April 9 2017 19: 31
            +2
            Quote: avva2012
            Olgovich, he is primarily a Soviet man and a communist.

            and Douglas Bader? He was probably also a communist? Well, I’m silent about Rudel, inappropriately, sir.
    3. Looking for
      Looking for April 8 2017 15: 33
      +3
      Meresyev did not equal anyone. He simply acted as the conscience of a soldier, a communist, and a man told him.
  5. Amurets
    Amurets April 8 2017 08: 51
    +8
    "A Tale of a Real Man," my first prize for good study. Then, as an adult, I presented this book to the school museum. the school I graduated from.
    Somewhere she looked. Inside was a dedication inscription
    1. EvgNik
      EvgNik April 8 2017 09: 37
      +3
      Handbook and mine and my sons, though the publication was different.
  6. Catherine II
    Catherine II April 8 2017 13: 48
    +3
    since childhood read book
  7. vasilev
    vasilev April 8 2017 14: 46
    +1
    The story of the fishermen caught in the storm is suitable for maintaining the spirit in any situation- "Some cowards, throw oars, lie on the bottom of the longboat and break them on the rocks. And others tackle the oars and row harder, contrary to the wind, they’re rowing in opposition to the storm, and they defeat the elements. "
  8. den-protector
    den-protector April 8 2017 23: 19
    +3
    18 days alone in a cold forest. As a person living in the Russian north, I know well what cold is. Prolonged exposure to cold can bring a person a cold, at least, and a night in a forest without fire can kill a person in a few hours. But until you find yourself in such a situation, you will not fully understand how Alexey Maresyev could survive. Only a strong-willed person could get out of this situation alive. Honor and praise, blessed memory to Alexei Maresyev! There would be more such people now.
  9. bakhshiyan rachik
    bakhshiyan rachik 24 May 2017 13: 36
    0
    Quote: captain
    Ivan Grigoryevich Drachenko is the only combat attack pilot in the world who, having lost his eye in battle, returned to duty and continued to beat the Nazis. On August 14 of 1943 of the year in the Kharkov region, saving the regiment commander, an enemy fighter rammed IL-2. During the ram, he was seriously wounded, unconscious in captivity. In the prisoner of war camp, the Soviet doctor did a difficult operation, but his right eye could not be saved. In September 1943, Drachenko escaped from captivity. After treatment in a Moscow hospital in March, 1944 returned to flight. As part of the 140 Guards Assault Aviation Regiment, he fought until the end of the war.
    During the war years, he made an 151 sortie, in 24 air battles he shot down 5 enemy planes, destroyed 9 at airfields, destroyed the 4 bridge, destroyed a lot of enemy equipment and manpower.
    Full holder of the Order of Glory, Hero of the Soviet Union.

    God, what horror the horror NKVD did not put him for being held captive