(15. 7. 1914 - 31. 5. 1990)
In LADIMIR A. Mikhalev, lieutenant, commander of the 71 Fighter Regiment (61 th Fighter Aviation Brigade, the Air Force of the Baltic Fleet). Born July 15, 1914 in g. Rtischevo Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school and school FZU. From 1931 to 1934 he worked as a mechanic for repair of steam locomotives in the locomotive depot Rtischevskom. In 1936, after the 2-year student of the Moscow College of traction behalf F. E, Dzerzhinsky, on a special drafting the Komsomol Central Committee was sent to study at the Naval Aviation School. He graduated in 1938, served in parts of the fighter aircraft. A member pilot participated in the Russo-Finnish War 1939 - 1940 period. Since the beginning of World War II victory over Germany, fought in the Air Force of the Baltic and Black Sea fleets, occupying the post of commander of the managers, deputy commander and commander of the squadron. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1940, . 1944), . Order of the Red Star (1951), . medals "For Military Merit" (1947), . "For the Defense of Leningrad", . "For the Defense of the Caucasus" and four other medals.,
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vladimir Aleksandrovich Mikhaleva awarded on Aug. 13, 1941 for the destruction of aerial combat multiple enemy aircraft, . one of them - a battering ram.,
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. Mikhalev served in naval aviation. In 1952 he graduated from the Advanced Flight and tactical training to improve officers. Since 1954, the reserve lieutenant colonel, lived and worked in Mr.. Sochi. Died May 31, 1990.
We Troma June 22, 1941 to alert the pilots arrived at the airfield, and uncover the aircraft waiting for departure orders. Soon from the posts of aerial surveillance, it was reported approaching the airfield eight bombers Junkers-87.
Link Mikhaleva soared into the sky. Since climb "gull" went against "Junkers". The pilot was calm Mikhalev. Calm, because behind him was three years of hard training day and night combat experience gained in the fighting with the Finns on the Karelian isthmus, met repeatedly with "Junkers German production, operated by the Finnish Army. Although the speed of our fighters and German bombers are almost equal, "Gull" was much more maneuverable "Junkers" and the determination to destroy the enemy forces trebling of the Soviet pilots. With the advantage in height, our fighters attacked the Nazis from behind the clouds. Mikhalev came close to leading the Group of Eight and pulled the trigger. Long bursts slapped on the right plane bomber. Airplane and puffed, rolled through the wing, went to the ground. Another "Junkers" downed comrades. Remaining enemy planes dropping bombs in the field, turned back. The bombing of the airfield was averted.
After some time over the disposition of our troops began to appear frequently an enemy reconnaissance aircraft new model. Finding purpose, he summoned bombers or artillery fire. Once the aircraft appeared over the airfield and the 71-th regiment. He fired anti-aircraft guns, and then attacked our fighters. A wave wing, fascist disappeared in the clouds. July 18 scout came near the airport. Mikhalev rose into the air. Was the order: shoot down the enemy in whatever was. The Soviet pilot approached the enemy and fired on it all. However, a fascist, dodging attacks, continued flying. Mikhalev attacked him again, and from close range fire jets flicked on the fuselage. Only now it has become clear that the bullets from the aircraft and bounce - it was armored. Then Mikhalev approached fascist bottom and a screw "seagulls" cut the tail of an enemy machine. The plane went to the ground, two Nazi pilot hung on parachutes. Fighter Mikhaleva at impact also severely damaged, and went into a tailspin. Rapidly approaching land. Only 150 meters away from the pilot managed to bring "tea" in horizontal flight, and then make a prosperous landed on its airfield. Not far from the airport littered wreckage of Hitler's intelligence. This was the "Henkel-126.
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