(25. 8. 1918 - 29. 9. 1983)
With ergey I. Safranov, captain, commander of the squadron of the 293rd Fighter Regiment, was born August 25, 1918 in a. Peleksheve Pyanoperevozokogo district of Nizhny Novgorod Region. Russian. Graduated from high school. Worked on planer machine-tool plant in g. Gorky, while he studied at the flying club. In 1938, Engels joined the military school of pilots, which he graduated in February 1939. He served in the aviation wing of the Far East.
. From August 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought with 8, . 4 and 15 air armies at Stalingrad, . Southern, . North Caucasus, . Bryansk and 2 nd Baltic fronts, . occupying the post of commander of the, . Squadron and pilot fighter aviation regiment,
. Participated in the Battle of Stalingrad, the fighting in the Caucasus, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Novgorod and Pskov regions and Latvia. Double shot. For Combat Service to the Motherland, was awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1943, 1945), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1943), World War 1-th degree (1944), medal "For Defense of Stalingrad," "For the Defense of the Caucasus" 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" Sergei Ivanovich Safronov was awarded on Aug. 24, 1943 for 65 sorties, . during which knocked himself 11 and in Group 2 enemy planes, . and for displaying valor and courage.,
. In 1945, SI
. Safronov for health reasons was dismissed from the Soviet Army. Retired Major. Invalid 2-nd group. Lived in Mr.. Saratov. Worked in the Saratov flying club, where he had to be a mentor of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin Б+T. Later he moved to his native city of Gorky. Died Sept. 29, 1983
During the Great Patriotic War Safronov dozens of times entered in mortal combat with the enemy, and always emerged victorious. Eight red-Yak-1, led by Safronov, 28 April 1943 took off in a cover for ground troops. Above Krymskaya pilots encountered 20 German Me-109 fighters and bravely went into battle with a superior opponent. Rapid attack Soviet pilots shot down five "Messers" fled the remaining. Personally Safronov in his car bearing the number 13 killed in this battle, one vulture. Monitored the air combat commander of the Air Force Red Army Marshal AA. Novikov all pilots group Safronova announced gratitude.
In memory of Sergei Ivanovich forever remained a dogfight above the village Neberdzhayevskaya, which occurred on May 6, 1943. Eight Safronova then met with 16 enemy fighters. Among Hitler's pilots had a lot of experienced aces from the 3rd Fighter Squadron 'Udet'. Safronov knew the habits of the pilots of this squadron have to battle at Stalingrad and contrasted them with their tactics. Once at altitude, Safronov found hiding behind the clouds of the two aces, waited for a suitable occasion for a surprise attack. In a short fight Soviet pilot knocked one of them, another immediately despatched his wingman. Shot down five "Messers' group Safronova lossless returned to their base.
. In the intense air combat squadron in the Kuban Safronova only during the period from April 23 to May 20 in the air, destroyed 24 enemy aircraft, including five cars destroyed himself its commander.
. All during the war SI
. Safronov made 147 sorties and shot down a person 27 and in the group 4 enemy planes.
Sources: 1) Bodrihin NG
. Soviet aces. Essays on the Soviet pilots. Б+T M.: 1998
2) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
3) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968