Heroes of the Soviet Union
Golovachev Pavel Yakovlevich (1917-1972) – Soviet ace pilot, participant in the Great Patriotic War, twice Hero of the Soviet Union. In total, during the war he made 457 sorties, took part in 125 air battles, shooting down 31 enemy aircraft personally and 1 more – as part of a group.
In November 1938, Golovachev was called up for service in the Workers ‘and Peasants’ Red Army. In 1940 he graduated from the Odessa Military Aviation Pilot School named after P. D. Osipenko. He served as a pilot in the 168th Fighter Aviation Regiment.
From the very first days of the Great Patriotic War, Golovachev was in the army. Continue reading
Member of the Great Patriotic War
Born May 1, 1922 in Moscow in a working class family. My father worked in a special purpose garage at the Council of People’s Commissars. When he was transferred to work in government facilities in the Caucasus, from 1927 the family lived in Sochi and Matsesta, from 1934 in Gagra. In 1938 they returned to Moscow. He graduated from 10 classes at school number 94 in Moscow in 1939. At the same time he graduated from a glider school in Gagra (1937, although according to publications on the Internet, he received a certificate of a glider pilot at the age of 12). In 1940 he graduated from the Krasnopresnensky (according to other sources Tushinsky) flying club. Continue reading