(12. 9. 1921 - 23. 3. 1945)
M asterkov Alexander Borisovich commander of the 5 th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (11 th Guards Fighter Division, . 2 Guards Ground Attack Air Corps, . 2-Air Army, . 1-st Ukrainian Front) Guard lieutenant,
. Born September 12, 1921 in Moscow in a working class family. Russian. Member of the CPSU (b) since 1943. Graduated high school 7. After high school, trade schools at the factory "Dinamo" worked on it turner. Simultaneously, he studied at the flying club. In the Red Army from March 13, 1940. In 1941 he graduated from the 2-S Borisoglebsk Red Banner Military Aviation Pilot School Chkalov. He served in her flight instructor.
On the Great Patriotic War from December 1942. As part of the 5 th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment fought at Kharkov. July 23, 1943 in a battle with a large group of enemy planes, our pilots shot down 10 and shot down 5 aircraft. Of these, the account Masterkova 2 Ju-87 and 1 Me-109. In June 1944, led by lead managers and forced to sit on our airfield FW-190 fighter.
February 18, 1945 Guard Lieutenant Masterkov A.B. flew at the head of the four La-7 on the cover for ground troops near the town of Guben (Germany). Barrazhiruya in a given area, our pilots have found 20 Ju-88, accompanied by 4 FW-190. A pair of Soviet Union Hero SG Glinkina went into the attack on the bombers, and Masterkov with his wingman attacked "Focke-Wulf". German fighters did not take the fight and went into the clouds. Then Masterkov hurried to help Glinkin. Since the first attack and was led by one shot the "Junkers". Others have sharply declined and tried to escape at low level. Masterkov rushed them. Having caught up with the closing, he fired the turn and knocked him. Then went to the tail of another and pulled the trigger, but ran out of ammo. To prevent the enemy away, Masterkov walked right up and propeller cut off his tail. "Junkers" went into a tailspin and crashed into the ground. Masterkov safely landed at their airfield.
. By March 1945 made 195 sorties, 40 aircraft shot down 18 aircraft fighting the enemy.
. March 23, 1945, led managers to escort bombers flew near the town of Bautzen (Germany)
. Above the end of his fighter got flak. The plane caught fire and Masterkov left, but the canopy was cut keel of the incident plane.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Masterkova Alexander B. posthumously awarded June 27, 1945.
. Awarded the Order of Lenin, 2 orders of the Red Banner, Order of the Patriotic War 1 and 2 degrees.
. P Ohorona in Moscow
. In 1971 in Moscow, one of the streets in the area of the factory "Dinamo" was named Masterkova, and in the factory itself is a memorial plaque. His name also wore pioneer squad Moscow school Б•¬ 474.
Biography provided by AE Melnikov
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