(25. 6. 1910 - 25. 8. 1989)
With kobarihin Witt Fedorovich Squadron 22 Fighter Regiment (23rd Fighter Aviation Brigade, 1 st Army Group) - Senior Lieutenant. Born June 25, 1910 in Moscow in a working class family. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1930. He graduated from primary school. Worked at the factory "Red textile". Graduated from the Textile Technical College. In the Red Army in 1931. In 1933 he graduated from the 14 th Engels Air Force Pilot School. Directed serve in Transbaikalia. He flew bomber, then moved to a fighter aircraft. He mastered the fighters I-15 and I-16.
Member of the fighting on Khalkhin Goal to May 27, 1939. Total in Mongolia has made 169 sorties, 26 air combat 5 Japanese aircraft shot down in person (a battering ram), and 6 in the group.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Witte Fedorovichu Skobarihinu awarded on Aug. 29, 1939 for the first air ram on a collision course.
. Fter Khalkhin Gol served in the Far East
. He was an inspector for the Air Force pilot technique of the Siberian and Trans-Baikal VO, then commanded 64 Wang. Member of the Great Patriotic War in 1942. In August 1942, Major Skobarihin was appointed commander of the 89-Attack Air Division (Trans-Baikal Military District). Since January 1944 he was deputy commander of the 10-th Guards Stalingrad Fighter Division. The war ended in Czechoslovakia.
Since 1948, he worked in the Central and the Moscow City Committee DOSAAF. Since 1954, Colonel Skobarihin - retired for health. Lived in Moscow. He worked as research assistant panorama "Borodino battle". Awarded 2 orders of Lenin, 2 orders of the Red Banner, 3 orders of the Patriotic War of 1 degree, Order of the Red Star and medals, 3 Mongolian and 1 orders of the Czechoslovak. Died Aug. 25, 1989
July 21, 1939 Lieutenant Skobarihin VF. flew at the head of the squadron of I-16 to cover the ground troops. In the area between the lake and the bend Buynur Khalkhin Gol at an altitude of 3500 m appeared a group of Japanese fighters and immediately went to the convergence. Swinging from the wing on the wing, Skobarihin gave the command: "pull themselves together, prepare for battle." One of his wingmen - young airman Vuss - behind and was attacked by a pair of Ki-27 fighter. Seeing this, Skobarihin launched his plane to meet the Japanese. One of them already went into attack. To scare off the attacker, Skobarihin opened fire from long range, but the Japanese did not pay attention to it. Then Skobarihin decided to go to ram. Guessing at the last moment of our pilot's intentions, the Japanese tried to turn, but it was too late. The blow from the bottom screw and wing Japanese aircraft broke apart in the air. The blow was so strong that Skobarihina torn belts. He hit his head on the dashboard and lost consciousness. Arriving at a height of 1500 meters, he discovered that his plane falls down spiral. He managed to level it and put in the steppes near the airfield. On the ground in the wing of I-16 technology discovered the wheel of the Japanese fighter.
And in the last battle in the skies of Mongolia - it saved the lock webbing. The bullet that struck the castle, beat off the hook from him, lost power and did not hurt the pilot.
Biography provided by AE Melnikov
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