“I began serving in the army in September 1938 in the Far East (Voznesenovka, Vozzhaevka) in the combined arms units of the Red Army, from where, as a graduate of the Chelyabinsk flying club, I was sent to the village of Burma, where the first fighter pilot school in the Far East was formed. After graduating from this school, I was left to work as an instructor pilot. But like many of my comrades, with the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, he repeatedly turned to the command with a request to send me to the front. At the end of 1942, a group of four instructor pilots of our class (Shabanov, Mubarakshin, Panteleev and myself) was sent to Moscow to the Air Force Headquarters to ferry American Air Cobra aircraft under Lend-Lease from America to the front. Continue reading
Born on February 4 (17), 1917 in the village of Khokhly (now the Shumikhinsky district of the Kurgan region). In 1932-1934. lived in the village of Maloye Dyuryagino (now the Shumikhinsky district) and at the place of work of his father in the Kirov region, since 1934 – in the village of Shumikha (now the city of the Kurgan region). In 1935, after graduating from the 7th grade of the school, he left for Chelyabinsk and entered the school of the FZU of the tractor plant, which he graduated the following year. In 1936-1938. worked at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant as a metal turner and adjuster of automatic lathes. Continue reading
Andrei Borovykh was born in Kursk on October 30, 1921 under the sign of Scorpio, who guarded his fate, as well as the fate of the relative majority of aces born under this constellation. He graduated from 7 classes, worked as a driver, after which a strong and intelligent young man was admitted to the Chuguev Military Pilot School, renamed in March 1941 into the Chuguev Military Aviation School, from which he graduated in the same year.
Despite the objections of the cadet, he was left at the school as an instructor, and the instructors always left the best of the best. Continue reading