(15. 9. 1915 - 28. 3. 1972)
A LEXANDER Gavrilovich Bozhenko Guard sergeant, a driver of the T-34 344-Tank Battalion (91 th Separate Armored Brigade, 3rd Guards Tank Army, 1 st Ukrainian Front). Born September 15, 1915 in the village now Novonikolaevka Shevchenko district of Kharkiv region in a peasant family. Ukrainetz. He graduated from the school seven years, before being called up for military service he worked in Mr.. Cherdyn Perm region at a metallurgical plant. In the Red Army, he served from 1937 to 1945.
Since the beginning of World War II victory over Germany fought on the South-West, Stalingrad, Voronezh and the 1 st Ukrainian fronts. He took part in defensive battles in the Ukraine, in the Battle of Stalingrad, Ostrogozh-Rossoshanskij offensive, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, defeating the enemy in Germany. Double shot. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1943), two Orders of Red Star (1943, 1944), medal "For Courage" (1942), "For the defense of Stalingrad" and two other medals.
W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Alexander Gavrilovich Bozhenko awarded on Jan. 10, 1944 for bravery and courage in the release of Mr.. Fastova.
Fter the war he graduated from the Saratov Tank School. Since 1945, Lieutenant Bozhenko Б+T in Stock. He lived in Baku, worked as head of the mill. Died March 28, 1972. He was buried in Baku.
We Troma 6 th November 1943 troops of the 1 st Ukrainian Front under the command of Army General H. F. Vatutina liberated Kiev and without any respite rushed to Zhytomyr and Fastov. In the vanguard of the 3rd Guards Tank Army was moving and "Thirty" Sergeant Alexander Bozhenko. On approaches to Fastova Bozhenko burst forward and caught an enemy convoy. Going round the convoy on a country road, he attacked her on the flank and forced the Nazis to lay down arms. The troops came to the rescue here he gave 15 wagons with food and clothing, 70 horses and 30 of the kidnapped soldiers, headed by an officer.
. At dawn on November 7 tankers approached the northern edge Fastova-largest rail hub, linking the enemy group south-west of Kiev with troops operating in the region of Krivoy Rog and Kirovograd
. The enemy met with a tight tank artillery and mortars mounted on the closed firing positions. But this did not stop the Guards. Bypassing the enemy under fire stations, destroying some groups of infantry, Bozhenko first led his tank through the streets Fastova and soon reached the city center. At this point, from a neighboring district, the corner house, on the Soviet tanks opened fire heavy self-propelled gun "Ferdinand". The first shell sent from close range, struck side armor "Thirty", the second landed in the turret and jammed it. It seemed that the tank will not budge. But the damage, fortunately, turned out to be insignificant, and the crew removed their own strength. Bozhenko brought the car from under fire, walked around the next street and punched the side of "Ferdinand" two shells. The enemy self-propelled gun fire.
On a street in the tank to stop a man ran out of the yard two-storey house. It was a local resident. He said Bozhenko that in a little park around the corner of the Nazis established a battery 75-millimeter guns, and advised how to avoid this dangerous area. Tankers the narrow lane came to the battery of the enemy from the rear and struck her all the power of artillery and machine gun fire. From the first shot was divided into one of the guns, the following shells were put out two more, and the fourth gun Bozhenko crushed tank tracks.
Results in the battle for Mr.. Fastov November 7 Bozhenko destroyed 7 anti-tank guns, self-propelled gun "Ferdinand", 2 mortars, 6 machine guns, 5 wagons with ammunition and 60 Nazis seized two AA batteries, 4 spotlights and 50 of the German gunners, anti-aircraft gunners
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