(1. 1. 1914 - 29. 8. 1939)
In IKTOR G. Rakhiv, senior lieutenant, commander of the 22 Fighter Regiment (23rd Fighter Aviation Brigade, 1 st Army Group), was born on January 1, 1914 to Mr.. Saratov. Russian. Graduated Raslovskuyu unified labor school, the first stage, 5-Grade 19-th school-seven-year school in Saratov and factory training at the plant combines. In 1932 he studied at the ethos of the club and flight school Osoaviahima. In the same year by Komsomol entered the first military school pilots named AF. Myasnikov in Kutch.
After graduation in summer school Rahov served in the 188 th fighter squadron near Moscow, and in 1936 he worked as a test pilot. For many years participated in the flypast on the following days at the Tushino airfield and over Red Square in Moscow. He flew in the famous, fives and sevens red-winged fighters, led by Kokkinaki, Serov and Suprun. Constant communication with these outstanding pilots, working together with Kravchenko and Stephan, meetings with Chkalov helped the young pilot to become perfect in the methods of air combat and aerobatics. Consummate skill Victor Rahova not just admired Muscovites.
For high performance in tactical flight training and specialized assignments Command Rahov repeatedly awarded valuable gifts and cash prizes. From May to August 1939 in Khalkhin Gol participated in the battles against the Japanese. For military distinction was awarded by the Mongolian Order of the Red Banner of 1-st degree.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor G. Rahov awarded on Aug. 29, 1939 for 68 combat sorties, shot down 8 Japanese planes and for displaying valor and courage.
H and Khalkhin Gol Rahov arrived in a group of known flying aces who had combat experience gained in Spain and China
. June 12, 1939 he made his first sortie and shot down a Japanese fighter I-96.
June 22 over Khalkhin bare erupted a large air battle in which both sides attended by dozens of fighters. Rahov joined battle with the famous Japanese ace Captain Morimoto and with the help of his friends forced him to land on our territory.
July 29 in a dogfight enemy fire fighter. Japanese Tacos Al was forced to take a parachute and was captured.
. July 25, along with the pilots, Major Kravchenko and senior lieutenant Skobarihinym Rahov destroyed enemy balloon, from which adjusted artillery fire on our river crossing Khalkhin-Goal
. On the way back the pilots noticed a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft, which at low altitude stole our location. Conventional signs Major Rahov Kravchenko gave the order: "to shoot down the enemy!". Rahov separated from the system and went for a rapprochement with the enemy machine. Japanese saw Soviet aircraft and firing a long burst. Samurai shot from a distance, and the bullets passed. Soviet pilot overtook the enemy at close range and slashed at a scout. Enemy aircraft caught fire and crashed near the leading edge of defense.
August 20, 1939 in a dogfight Rahov saw Japanese fighters attack aircraft pilot Trubachenko. By this time the ammunition had already been exhausted, and then Rahov decided to go to ram. He caught the enemy, was attached to him from behind and cut the propeller feathering zvostovoe. Landed on its airfield.
. P last one dogfight Victor Rahov held on August 27, when our ground troops have already finished destroying halhingolskoy enemy surrounded in the area Remizovskoye height
. Brave pilot shot down in this battle two enemy fighters. When returning from a mission over enemy lines, he was severely wounded by enemy explosive bullet in the stomach. Bleeding and overcoming pain and losing consciousness, Rakhiv landed near their airfield. Two days later he died, and with military honors was buried in g. Chita, near Maiden's slides.
And Menem VG. Rahova named streets in the city of Chita, Kazan and Saratov. At the tomb of the hero in Chita A bust.
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