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PANCHENKO Konstantin Pavlovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(1. 9. 1919 - 25. 1. 1979)

By onstantin P. Panchenko, Senior Lieutenant, Squadron 565 th Attack Aviation Regiment Stanislavsky, born October 2, 1919 in a. Wide gully Saratov (formerly. Voroshilov) district of Saratov region. Russian. Graduated 9 years of secondary school. He worked as an electrician at Saratov shipyard, while he studied at the flying club. In 1939 he voluntarily joined the Saratov Military Aviation School, then was transferred to Totskoye School, which graduated in November 1941.

. From February 1942 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought against the Nazi invaders in the 1, 2 and 8-th Air Army in the Kalinin, Western, 1 and 4 of the First Ukrainian Front
. Participated in the battles of Rzhev and Vyazma in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine and Poland. Slightly wounded in 1942, received serious burns in 1943. During combat featuring awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1943, 1944), Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1944), Red Star (1943), a medal for the liberation of Warsaw and two other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Konstantin Konstantinovich Panchenko awarded on Feb. 23, 1945 for 115 combat missions in the Il-2, . causing great damage to the enemy and for displaying valor and courage.,

. In 1946, Kn
. Panchenko resigned from the Soviet Army. Captain reserves. Lived and worked in Mr.. Saratov. Died Jan. 25, 1979.

A node erodromny Sescha beat your opponent one of the largest. Hence the Nazi bombers made their raids on the Voronezh, Kursk, Tula, Yaroslavl, Gorki, Saratov, and many other industrial centers of our country. Especially active action of the fascist air in spring 1943, the eve of the Battle of Kursk. In this regard, our command has decided to inflict a series of successive strikes Seschinskomu airport and disable it. To accomplish this task, along with other parts, are also involved assault regiment, which served as a lieutenant Panchenko.

. Ground-attack planes took off April 17, 1943 was still dark, to strike at dawn, when the airport had not yet begun work to find the aircraft on the ground and thereby provide them with the best possible defeat.

. Group of 16 "muds" accompanied on the Yak-1 squadron of the French pilots "Normandy" under the command of Major Tyulyaev
. The enemy was taken by surprise, so the first blow was particularly effective. From Panchenko dropped bombs lit at once two bombers. During the second call, enemy anti-aircraft guns began to speak, but, despite heavy fire, "oozes" continued to ground attack. The next day, the guerrillas said the results of the raid: destroyed or damaged 30 aircraft, munitions dump blew up, killing 70 people and wounded flight and technical staff, overwhelmed by fire two anti-aircraft batteries and 4 medium-caliber machine gun.

. One of the sorties Panchenko nearly ended in his death
. It is July 18, 1943 during a counter-offensive of the Western Front north of the Eagle. Five IL-2 flew on reconnaissance of the enemy in a narrow area, fiber, and for a blow to the detected target. Leading the group goals are not identified and left the area Hotyyets. Panchenko, seeing a column of cars, broke forward and took command of the group itself. On the enemy's bombs rained down. During a call in the objective appeared 8 fighters PV-190. Fight ensued. Panchenko plane caught fire and quickly went to the ground. Overcoming terrible pain, having received severe burns on the face and hands, Panchenko jumped by parachute. Fascist fighter tried to shoot down a skydiver plane. Panchenko, noticing the danger, pulled the parachute lines, created a slide, increased the speed of landing. Buzzard slipped past.

Landed in the neutral zone, Panchenko barely got to the bush, and after 16 hours had been picked up by our soldiers. Three months later, the daring pilot from the hospital back to his unit.


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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


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