(15. 11. 1916)
M ihail A. Mustafin, Guard lieutenant, commander of the 165-th Guards Red Attack Air Regiment, was born November 15, 1916 in g. Volsk, Saratov region. Tartar. He graduated from the 8 classes of secondary school, a school factory training and flying club. He worked as a mechanic at Volsky Cement Plant Komsomolets. In 1937, voluntarily entered Engels Military Aviation School, graduating on the eve of war.
. From December 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought against the Nazi invaders in Voronezh, 1, 2 and 3 of the First Ukrainian Front
. Took part in the fighting near Voronezh, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1943, . 1957), . Order of the Patriotic War 1 and 2 nd degree (1943), . Red Star (1952), . medals "For Military Merit" (1947), . "For the capture of Budapest and five other medals.,
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Andreyevich Mustafina awarded Oct. 26, 1944 for 98 ground-attack against the enemy and for displaying courage and bravery.
. Fter the war MA
. Mustafin was fired from the Soviet Army. Captain of the reserve, he lived and worked in Mr.. Volsk.
M odes Belgorod July 5, 1943 Michael Mustafin made his first sortie in a group of 18 IL-2. Pilots were to strike at enemy troops that crossed the offensive in the direction of Kursk. When approaching the goal of storm troopers were met by twelve enemy fighters. Our pilots fought an air battle while the infantry and tanks stormed the enemy. Mustafin in this battle, destroyed two vehicles and anti-aircraft gun.
Subsequent days of the Battle of Kursk was particularly tense. The pilots were doing every day for three to four sorties. Mustafin in these battles was a good tempered. Every day grew his military expertise, accumulated experience, so necessary in the fight against a strong and wily enemy. More than once the pilot ended up in difficult circumstances, but the will, perseverance and excellent piloting technique helped him to win victories.
. July 9, 1943 in the area Rozhdestvenka Force attack aircraft came under heavy fire antiaircraft artillery
. Motor vehicles Mustafina was damaged by a shell fragment and worked intermittently. The Soviet pilot with exceptional courage led the aircraft to attack enemy forces and precision-attack bombing strikes destroyed one tank and four cars. When leaving from the goal attack Mustafina was attacked by two "Messers". However, the pilot repulsed all the attacks by enemy fighters and successfully led a damaged car on its airfield.
A few months Mustafin already own in a battle group led ground attack. July 15, 1944 six Ilyushin under his command has made three sorties. Each time the pilots stormed the enemy from the strafing, doing two or three waves entirely. Despite the heavy antiaircraft fire and low clouds, brave airmen killed in this day 7 tanks, 3 batteries of antiaircraft artillery and more than 60 Nazi soldiers and officers.
. Especially memorable for Mustafina a sortie July 22, 1944
. That day he led his formidable war machines to attack Brody surrounded by enemy troops. During the flight to the target violent storm raged. Despite the danger and poor visibility, the pilots continued to fly. Mustafin showed resilience and composure. He led the aircraft at low level flight, under a rain of fire. Set command was executed perfectly. As a result, accurate blows Party Mustafina destroyed 15 vehicles and over 150 Nazi soldiers and officers who suppressed the fire two points of the enemy air defense. All our planes returned to their base. In each of them, including car Mustafina, was on 50 - 60 bullet holes.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968