Chuikov Vasily Ivanovich (Fig. 38) – Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union, twice Hero of the Soviet Union.
Born on January 31 (February 12), 1900 in the village of Serebryanyye Prudy, now the Moscow Region, in a peasant family. Russian.
Since April 1918 in the Red Army, a cadet of the first Moscow military instructor courses of the Red Army in Moscow, participated in the suppression of the rebellion of the Left Social Revolutionaries in Moscow in July 1918. Member of the Civil War since the summer of 1918. He commanded a company in the brigade of R.F. Sievers on the Southern Front against the Don Army of General P.N. Krasnov. Continue reading
From February 1941 in the ranks of the Red Army. In March 1943 he graduated from the Kachinsky military aviation school of pilots. From March to May 1943 he was a pilot of the 8th ZIAP Air Force of the Volga Military District (Bagai-Baranovka village, Volsky district of the Saratov region).
Since May 1943, Sergeant A. I. Koldunov was on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War as part of the 866th IAP. He held the positions of senior pilot, flight commander, deputy commander and squadron commander. Continue reading
After a severe wound in the legs in July 1943. escaped from the hospital and in September 1943. returned to his 240 IAP who fought in the Kremenchug region over the Dnieper crossings. The first time I got to the plane on crutches. In October 1943 shot down 13 enemy planes over the Dnieper crossings Fighter pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1944, 1945), Major General of Aviation (1966). He served as an instructor at the Biysk aviation school. Member of the Great Patriotic War since March 1943. Continue reading