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In France, the Hero of the Soviet Union, Pilot Roland de la Pual died

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In France, the Hero of the Soviet Union, Pilot Roland de la Pual diedThe pilot, pilot of the Normandie-Niemen air regiment, Hero of the Soviet Union, Count Roland de la Pual died at 93's life in France. It is reported by ITAR-TASS with reference to the office of the Order of the Liberation.

"He was one of the most honorary members of our Order," said representatives of this association, created in 1940 year to reward members of the Resistance movement.

De la Puap was born 28 July 1920, in the city of Prado in the family of aristocrats. His father died at the front in 1940 year. After the capitulation of France, the young pilot moved to the UK, where he continued the fight against the German invaders. But in 1942, he was one of the first volunteers to arrive in the USSR to join the Normandy Squadron.

As part of the Normandie-Neman air regiment, he made 125 combat missions, winning 18 air victories. 16 October 1944, a renowned French pilot shot down two German planes at once during the day. More air victories among the French during World War II were won only by Marcel Albert (24 shot down the aircraft) and Pierre-Henri Kloosterman (33). The title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Roland de la Puap, was awarded in 1944 year. He was also elevated to the Knights of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor and awarded the Military Cross. After the war, the former pilot founded his own business.

In 1970, he opened the Marineland zoo on the Cote d'Azur, near the city of Antibes. Created during the war in the USSR, the Normandie-Niemen regiment was the most order-bearing regiment in France. The regiment's pilots made 5240 combat missions and conducted almost 900 air battles, of which 273 became victorious. In addition to high French awards, he is the only Soviet Order of the Red Banner and Alexander Nevsky.
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  1. predator.2
    predator.2 25 October 2012 11: 09
    +6
    Land him rest in peace.
    1. pirate technician
      pirate technician 25 October 2012 15: 07
      +1
      Glory and honor to him, I am not afraid of this word to the Great Pilot!
  2. ariy_t
    ariy_t 25 October 2012 11: 13
    +4
    Order of Alexander Nevsky? A very rare award .. So he not only fought well and bravely, but also smartly ... It's a pity .. Let the earth rest in peace ...
  3. Vanek
    Vanek 25 October 2012 11: 21
    +2
    We are friends of migratory birds.
    Only our life is not good
    On the ground, did not have time to marry
    And in the sky you will not find a wife
    Because we are pilots
    The sky is our sky our dear home

    First thing first aircraft
    Well, girls and girls then

    First thing first aircraft
    Well, girls and girls then


    Peace be upon him.
  4. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 25 October 2012 11: 22
    +8
    Honors him and Respect ...
    I was not afraid to come to the USSR and ... fought bravely with the enemy!
    In schools of the two countries it is necessary to talk about such people ..

    It's nice to see red stars on the modern "Rafale" squadron of Normandy-Niemen ...
  5. strannik595
    strannik595 25 October 2012 11: 24
    +5
    Roland de la Poip at his Yak-9.
  6. Vodrak
    Vodrak 25 October 2012 11: 49
    +2
    Bright memory.
    Good memory to everyone who fought terrorism
  7. Navuxonastupil
    Navuxonastupil 25 October 2012 14: 28
    +5
    Old soldiers do not leave, just the wind sweeps their tracks ... Bright memory to you, Count!
  8. bddrus
    bddrus 25 October 2012 17: 57
    0
    an example of military brotherhood and friendship of peoples !!! what a pity that the years of the Cold War led our countries to different poles! I hope this will change
  9. Comrade1945
    Comrade1945 25 October 2012 18: 57
    +1
    Mouth Front! We will remember!
  10. Andrey00
    Andrey00 13 February 2020 20: 51
    0
    Honor and praise be to him