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Pyrkov Yuri Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(5. 10. 1923 - 6. 11. 1971)

S tory I. Pyrkov, Guard lieutenant, commander of the 134-th Guards Bomber Taganrog Red Banner Order of Alexander Nevsky Regiment. Born October 5, 1923 in g. Balakovo Saratov region. Russian. He graduated in 1940-9 high school and flying club, the fall of 1942 - Engels military aviation school pilots.

. During the Great Patriotic War - from March 1943 until April 24, 1945 - fought in the 1-th Air Army in the South, 4 th and 3 of the Ukrainian-Byelorussian fronts
. He participated in the liberation of Donbass, Crimea, Byelorussia, Lithuania, in the defeat of the East Prussian enemy. Seriously wounded and bruised. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1944), World War 1-st degree (1945), Red Star (1943), a medal for the capture of KцTnigsberg "and three other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Yuri Ivanovich Pyrkova awarded 29 June 1945 for the 137 successful sorties, . causing great damage to the enemy and for displaying valor and courage,
. Badly injured, bomber landed at their base, saved the car and crew.

In 1946, YI. Pyrkov, after prolonged treatment in the hospital was dismissed from the Soviet Army retired. Being disabled, he showed great strength of will and a rare diligence. He graduated from college, then the Institute of Agricultural Mechanization behalf MI. Kalinin, a graduate engineer and dedicated himself to teaching. Lived in Mr.. Saratov. Died Nov. 6, 1971.

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With howling first sortie Yuri Pyrkov produced in squadrons July 15, 1943 bombing at the dormitories of flight and technical personnel and warehouse at the airport enemy Kuteinikova
. Over the target the bombers were shot at a strong antiaircraft fire young pilot brought the plane safely in a dive and a good hit bombs caused a major fire in the center of a fuel depot.

. April 18, 1944 Pyrkov received the mission to strike at the enemy's artillery positions in the area Sapun mountains, near Sevastopol
. Antiaircraft fire Lomach radioman-gunner was killed and the plane is damaged. However Pyrkov not gone out of the combat course and destroyed two guns, and then safely brought the bomber to its airfield.

. June 26, 1944-the year when struck by enemy troops in the area of Orsha Pyrkova plane was shot at by antiaircraft fire
. Shell splinter was broken headset pilot, put out of the engine, receiving a contusion Pyrkov lost consciousness. The plane began to fall at random in 40 - 50 meters from the ground the pilot regained consciousness and brought the car in horizontal flight. On one engine, he brought the bomber to its airport and landing.

April 24, 1945 Pyrkov perform the task to destroy the fort N 6 Pillau. Anti-aircraft artillery met him a strong link with fire, but Pyrkov boldly entered into a dive bomber and successfully bombed. When exiting the peak of his plane was hit by a direct hit of an enemy missile. The right engine was damaged, work with interruptions. A major chunk of shrapnel Pyrkova smashed hip, right leg. Loss of blood he lost consciousness, but a minute later came to. When asked about state of health of the navigator Malyugin Pyrkov asked to indicate the nearest airfield, where he decided to land. Slaughtered leg twisted and interfered with the management plane. The blood rushed to the glass cockpit, and this made it difficult to review. The navigator pointed Pyrkova airfield Heiligenbeil. At this time Pyrkov again lost consciousness. Then Malygin sight and took a heavy blow smashed the glass cockpit. Fresh air jet pilot regained consciousness.

Lost more than half of his blood, Pyrkov recent efforts landed at the airfield. In the unconscious, he was taken to a field hospital compound. Slaughtered leg was immediately amputated.


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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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