(13. 6. 1916 - 16. 10. 1943)
And van Nikitivich Sytov, Guard lieutenant, deputy commander of the squadron of the 5 th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. Born June 13, 1916 in a. Linovke Bazarnokarabulakskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. Member of the CPSU (b) since 1943. In 1931, after the death of his father, moved to Astrakhan. He graduated from the School of factory training, worked as a turner at a factory, while he studied at the flying club. In the Red Army from December 26, 1938. In 1940 he graduated from the 7 th Stalingrad Military Aviation School of Pilots. He served in her flight instructor.
During the Great Patriotic War - from 19 November 1942 to October 1943 - fought in the South-Western Front. Participated in the Battle of Stalingrad and the release of Left-Bank Ukraine. Was a pilot, flight commander, deputy commander of the squadron. Altogether during the war has made more than 250 combat sorties, shot down in aerial combat in person 34 (2 battering ram) and in group 4 enemy aircraft. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1943), World War 1-st degree (1943) and the medal "For Defense of Stalingrad.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Nikitovich Sytov awarded on Sept. 8, 1943 for 150 combat sorties, . Personally shot down 19 enemy planes and shown courage and high flying skills.,
. 16 October 1943, squadron commander Lt. I.N
. Sytov, rammed an enemy fighter, died a heroic death. Buried in g. Zaporozhye. His grave is a monument to the hero. His name is given to street and school in g. Zaporozhye. In the village Lipovka at home the bust of the hero.
In aerial combat with the enemy Ivan Sytov had no equal fastest attacks, boldness and precision of the. This was a pilot first-class, as evidenced by numerous examples.
April 3, 1943 Sytov Guard lieutenant, leading a four La-5 fighters, covered the ground troops at the river crossing Donetz. The west was a large group of bombers, Heinkel-111 ". Bold attack our pilots have upset the order of battle the Nazis, and then shot down four bombers. Sytov went to the fifth "Heinkel" and the gun fired a long queue. Shooter, apparently, was killed, as was no return fire. The enemy pilot has to maneuver, and then threw the bomb and began to leave. Sytov overtook him, caught in the sights and accurate fire flashed the plane and the fuselage of the bomber. According to the calculations of the lieutenant, the plane was on a portion of the fire ignited, crumble. But the latter as if nothing had happened continued flying. Sytov again attacked the enemy, pressed the trigger, but did not feel the familiar tremors machine - ran out of ammunition. Then the pilot decided to ram the bomber. Forcing the engine, he caught up with him and his fighter plane hit the console. Enemy aircraft banked sharply and went to the ground.
The next day Sytov on the way to a predetermined area patrols met two Me-109 fighters and attacked them. Siege since the range 40 - 50 meters, he struck a vulture, which after a few turns of the corkscrew crashed into the ground. The second fighter took to their heels, but Sytov aggressively pursued and hedge-hopping knocked him in the Kharkov region.
. June 8, 1943 a group of four "Lavochkin" under the command of Sytov near the village of Yar Volkov met with the five "messerchmits, flying to attack our airfield
. Sytov attacked the enemy, made fascist pilots to drop bombs outside the goal and turn back. Our pilots took to the prosecution, but at this time from behind the clouds suddenly emerged six enemy fighters. In the ensuing battle, the Soviet Falcons shot down two enemy fighters. One of them destroyed Ivan Sytov.
About Sobienie high airmanship demonstrated Sytov in an air battle July 17, 1943 in the g. Izyum. Heading Quartet Lavochkin, the brave pilot joined the battle with 43 bombers Junkers-88 "and 6 fighters" Focke-Wulf-190 ". While comrades Sytov tied battle enemy fighters, the commander of audacious attacks upset the order of battle bombers and shot down one after the other three "Junkers". The Germans threw bombs over the disposition of his troops and went back.
Guard Lieutenant Sytov I.N. October 16, 1943 flew at the head of the La-5 fighter aircraft to cover the storm troopers. The Dnieper near the town of Zaporozhye joined the battle enemy fighters. Having spent all of the ammunition from the battle did not come out and continued to lead the fight on the radio. When finished fuel Sytov went into its last attack. He is a battering ram knocked fascist fighter, but he has come under fire and another was killed.
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