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Mikhail Kazakov

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(7. 11. 1920 - 1994) Mikhail Kazakov, Guard lieutenant, commander of the 8-th Guards Ground Attack Air Regiment Feodosia.

Born November 7, 1920 in the village Maksimovka Bazarnokarabulakskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated 9 years of high school in Mr.. Chelyabinsk in 1938, the Aero Club in g. Krasnodar in 1939, the central flight-gliding school in Mr.. Kremenets in 1941. He worked in Mr.. Sarapul Chief gliding club and instructor pilot school pilots. In 1943 he graduated from the course commander of the attack aircraft.

From September 1943 until February 1945 had fought in the Air Force of the Black Sea and Baltic Fleets. He participated in the liberation of the Taman peninsula, the Crimea, Leningrad Region, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the destruction of enemy naval forces in the Black and Baltic Seas

. In the spring of 1944 during the fighting our troops in the liberation of the Crimea Kazakov with pilots of his managers assault inflicted blows on the enemy's floating craft in the ports, . forbidding enemy ships fire support for troops and evacuate them by sea.,

. April 11, 1944 Kazakov in a large group Ilyushin flew three times to attack ships and supply ships to the enemy in Feodosia
. Pilots sank a trawler, two landing barges and seiner, damaged two barges, three boats and port facilities. Personally Kazakov let the boat sink the enemy. Attempt Nazis begin the evacuation of Feodosia was foiled.

On the night of May 10, 1944 to the Cape Chersonese walked past an enemy convoy of two diesel-electric and several landing barges. Having taken on board by 5-6 thousand soldiers and officers, the court took a course on Constanta. At dawn assault and mine and torpedo planes attacked the convoy of the Black Sea Fleet. All ships were sunk by enemy. In this remarkable victory was the proportion of military labor lieutenant Kazakova.

In May 1944, after the liberation of the Crimea 8 th assault regiment was transferred to the Baltic. Here Kazakov proved himself as a true master of top-mast bombing (with strafing). Especially memorable for pilot combat sorties Sept. 15. On this day, the Finns, the Soviet command was asked to assist in the destruction of Hitler's assault force, landed at about. Sursari. Our ground-attack during the day sank four landing barges, patrol boat and a tug. Many ships were damaged. The surviving enemy ships withdrew to the west, leaving their landing on the island without the support. By the end of the day paratroopers stopped resistance. In this operation, Cossacks sank a landing barge.

November 20, 1944 from the ground troops, it was reported on the approach to major transport Memel enemy. The weather was not flying. Palanga airfield and sea were enveloped in dense fog. However, the command of the regiment has decided to sink an enemy transport. Fulfillment of this difficult task was entrusted Kazakov. After a long search he found a ship and strafing caused by his accurate bombing. Vehicles caught fire and soon disappeared in the depths of the sea. As it was told the prisoners, caught in the sea of our soldiers, it was the transport "Fuailer" displacement of 6200 tons. He was carrying more than 200 officers, ammunition and weapons destined for enemy forces, pressed by our troops to the sea at Memel.

. For military decorations and other services to the Motherland was awarded four Orders of the Red Banner (1943, 1944-3), the Order of the Red Star (1957), medals "For Service in Battle" (1953), "For the Defense of the Caucasus" and five other medals.

. Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Nikolayevich Kazakov awarded April 20, 1945 for the 91 successful sortie to the Il-2 and drowning himself in a group of 17 ships of the enemy.

. Up to 1961 M
. N. Cossacks continued to serve in naval aviation. In 1954 he was awarded the title of a military pilot class 1. Colonel stock, lived in Mr.. Evpatoria. He died in 1994.
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Sources:
1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968


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