(18. 10. 1918 - 1. 10. 1944)
W aytsev Dmitry commander of the 2-nd Fighter Regiment (36 th Fighter Division, Kiev zone defense), Lieutenant. Born October 18, 1918 in the village Kutma now Shchekino district of the Tula region in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU (b) since 1941. With his parents lived in the city of Tula. Graduated from the 7 classes, worked in the laboratory to repair electricity. Simultaneously, he studied at the flying club. In the Red Army in 1937. In 1940, early in the year he graduated from the Borisoglebsk Red Banner Military Aviation School.
In Private World War II from June 1941. July 4, 1941 Zaitsev DA. left on I-16 fighters to intercept enemy air reconnaissance Ju-88, walking towards the city of Kiev. He found the enemy at a height of 2000 meters and attacked him. Noticing the prosecution, the pilot of "Junkers" tried to escape toward the front. Continuously attacking, Zaitsev expended all the ammunition, but continued to fly reconnaissance. Similarly, calculating the blow, he cut off the tail rotor enemy aircraft. He lost control and fell on the outskirts of Kiev. Two members of the crew "Junkers" landed by parachute and were taken prisoner. Zaitsev safely landed at their airfield.
. During the battle for Kiev link Zaitseva destroyed 12 enemy aircraft, 5 of which he shot down himself.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Dmitry A. Zaitsev was awarded on Aug. 2, 1941.
. All the war years made 130 sorties, shot down in aerial combat in person 13 and in Group 2 enemy planes
. Since 1944, Major Zaitsev - instructor pilot technique Northern Fleet Air Force. Awarded the Order of Lenin.
P skirting in a dogfight on Oct. 1, 1944. Immortalized in the memorial in the town of Tula. The plaque is installed on the street its name in Schekino.
Biography provided by AE Melnikov
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