One of the secrets of the Great Patriotic War opened the search engines of the Pskov region

One of the secrets of the Great Patriotic War opened the search engines of the Pskov region

В stories The war, which ended over 65 years ago, still contains many unknown pages. Search engines of the Pskov region found and raised from the swamp a Soviet reconnaissance aircraft, which, apparently, was flying to the rear of the enemy and was shot down by the Nazis. The name of one of the dead heroes has already been established.

Works in the rain in the swamp, waist-deep in water, at the site of the crash of the military aircraft P-5, are temporarily suspended. The reason is compelling. A search squad from Pskov discovered human remains, clothes and weapon. And in the tattered tablet - they paid attention to it last - there were well-preserved documents.

Here, the captain's shoulder straps, his card from the military registration and enlistment office, “are called up by the Belotserkovsky military registration and enlistment office of the city of Kiev, the letters are barely distinguishable names of Kubikov and Konev. Next are the remains of another 2 man. behind enemy lines. Litvinenko is the only one who had a certificate with him. Most likely, there was a woman among the dead.

The archives of the Ministry of Defense found a private matter Litvinenko. Avram Yakovlevich was born in 1917 in the Ukraine, in the village of Lisovka, Karnensky district, Zhytomyr region. Married The death certificate states: "Killed at the end of March 1944 in a burning plane while carrying out a combat mission."

This item is particularly interested in search engines. They believe that one of the pilots, and perhaps both, still escaped. Moreover, the remains of the pilots have not yet been found. And there was no one else to inform their people about Litvinenko’s death.

Mikhail Romanov, the head of the search expedition: "The pilots jumped out and, apparently, reported that the plane had burned down, which is the message in the documents."

Locals reported the fallen biplane to the search engines, and identified them by a rust-eaten chassis.

The engine weighing half a ton is the hardest part of the aircraft to lift. When hitting the ground, the power plant went to a depth of 5-6 meters. It is necessary to lift it from the marshy soil with the help of a powerful winch. In fact - manually. Technique does not get close. At the place where the downed P-1944 fell in 5, today is a dense forest.

Near the wreckage of the aircraft, search engines found large-caliber German bullets. The low-security and low-speed biplane, the P-5, was made almost entirely of wood, as historians have suggested, was attacked by an enemy fighter. And the Soviet aircraft became easy prey for the enemy.

Today P-5 is a rarity. In Russia, there is only a single copy - in the Central Museum of the Air Force in Monino near Moscow. It was collected bit by bit - from the surviving units of the crashed aircraft. But this sample, as experts say, is unsuitable for flights. The goal of the search engines and historians from the project “Winged Memory of Victory” is not just to restore the P-5 biplane, but to put a rarity on the wing.

Alexey Soldatkin, senior researcher at the Central Museum of the Air Force: "In order for the plane to fly, you need to restore and create a new engine of the same designer, only to restore and create one. You must completely make a new plane, all power structures."

Ahead - a difficult archival work. It is necessary to establish the names of all the crew members of the raised aircraft. And find Abram Litvinenko’s relatives and give them the Order of the Red Star. During the lifetime of this award the captain himself did not have time to get.
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