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Hooded Vasily Fedorovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(13. 3. 1918 - 10. 1. 1983)

In asil Fedorovich Khokhlachov, Guard Captain, Squadron 79-Guards Ground Attack Air Regiment. Born March 13, 1918 in a. Sosnovka Tatischevskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. In 1936 he graduated from the road workers' school and enrolled in the Saratov Institute of Road. In September 1937, at a special drafting the Komsomol Central Committee acted in Engels Military Aviation School, which graduated in May 1941.

. From October 1941 to victory over Germany in World War II fought on the Leningrad, Volkhov, Stalingrad, the Don, the Central and 1 st Belorussian fronts
. Started the war a sergeant, a private pilot, graduated from the Major, deputy commander of the regiment. Participated in the defense of Leningrad, in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Wounded in 1942. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army was awarded the Order of Lenin (1942), . four Orders of the Red Banner (1944 - 2, . 1945, . 1957), . Order of Alexander Nevsky (1943), . World War 1-st degree (1943), . Red Star (1952), . medals "For Military Merit" (1947), . "For the Defense of Leningrad", . "For the Defense of Stalingrad, . "For the capture of Berlin", . "For the liberation of Warsaw" and five other medals, . as well as the American Order of the Cross for combat flight Merit (1945).,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Fedorovich Hohlachevu awarded April 13, 1944 for 135 sorties on IL-2, causing great damage to the enemy.

. Fter the war VF
. Khokhlachov graduated from the Red Banner Air Force Academy and the Academy of General Staff. Died Jan. 10, 1983.

P redrassvetnuyu frightened silence the roar of engines. On the edge of the forest taxied to the runway two "mud" and, with a running start, flew in the air. Ahead of flying Kolesnichenko, second - Khokhlachov. Kolesnichenko had to divert to themselves the fire of enemy antiaircraft guns, and Khokhlachov - with strafing with the first strike to destroy the bridge across the Volkhov River near Kirishi.

The bridge across the Volkhov to the enemy had a great operational significance. In the autumn of 1941 the Nazis seized a small bridgehead there, turning it into a heavily fortified strongpoint, pitted with trenches, strewn with bunkers and blockhouses caps. Fascist flag to fly in the area Kirishi large force of tanks and infantry to attack the troops of the Leningrad Front. Front commander decided to air strikes to destroy the bridge.

The first attempts to bring down the bridge failed. The bridge was covered by dense, stacked by antiaircraft fire, I have a bomb dropped from a great height, did not reach the goal. Given past experience, Khokhlachov carefully prepared for surgery. At his suggestion, 100-kilogram bombs were connected by cables so as to ensure that you can "hang" them on the farm bridge and make the necessary destruction.

. - I raced at high speed, almost touching the tops of trees - recalls Vasily Fedorovich
. - Soon, said the bridge - a dark dash on a white strip of the river. At this time the car Kolesnichenko struck anti-aircraft guns. Then came those moments that decide the success of the case. And that I had to skillfully use. By directing the aircraft along the bridge, I took aim and dropped bombs. Since climb sharply turned away. Total for the war, there were 214. Looking back on them, Vasily Fyodorovich says:

. - Flight biography I've got the "smooth": never been shot down, never jumped with a parachute, never planted a car outside his airfield ...


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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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