(24. 12. 1916 - 9. 7. Born December 24, 1916 on the farm now Zolotarevka Semikarakorsk district of Rostov region in a peasant family. Russian. He graduated from the tractor-mechanical school. He worked as an instructor Lower Volga trade union committee riverine and simultaneously studied at the Astrakhan Aeroclub. In the Red Army since 1938. He graduated from the Stalingrad Military Aviation School in October 1940. Together with his odnogrupnikom MP Zhukov sent to serve in the 158 th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Leningrad military district.
Member of the Great Patriotic War, with its first day. Aviation units, which served Zdorovtsev
, stationed at the airfield in the area crosses the city of Pskov. It is shielded from the Nazi air strikes Pskov, Ostrov and communication approach of our troops to the front lines. With
in the first battles proved to be courageous and talented fighter pilot. He particularly distinguished himself in battle June 27, 1941. On this day, a group of our fighters patrolled over the city island. Soon, the sky appeared 10 German bombers "W-88" with fighter escorts, "ME-109". Our fighters engaged in battle and did not let the fascist bombers to the city. In this air battle Zdorovtsev
fully expended ammunition. On the way back to his airfield, he met the enemy bomber. Not wanting to pass unpunished Nazi aircraft, the pilot rammed his. Lost control, an enemy bomber crashed into the ground. The enemy pilot jumped with a parachute and land was captured by our infantry. Zdorovtsev
landed safely and after two hours on the same plane flew to a new task.
tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Stepan
awarded July 8, 1941.
. July 9, 1941
flew to explore
. On the way back to the region of Pskov, he met a group of enemy fighters and engaged them in battle. The forces were too unequal. In this battle Zdorovtsev
Killed. Forever credited with lists of military. On the Volga named Hero of the named passenger ship, in the Astrakhan and Volgograd - streets. In the city of Astrakhan is a monument to the hero.
Awarded the Order of Lenin.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Legendary Heroes-Komsomol. Vol V and VI. 1973.