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Shatalin Ivan Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(13. 7. 1922 - 10. 2. 2001)

And van Ivanovich Shatalin, lieutenant, commander of the squadron of the 103rd Attack Air Regiment of the Red Grodno. Born July 13, 1922 in a. Letyazhevke Arkadak district of Saratov region. Russian.. He graduated from high school and military aviation school. In the Soviet Army, he served from 1940 to 1960.

During the Great Patriotic War - from April 1943 to May 1945 - fought in the North Caucasus, 4 th Ukrainian and 2-Byelorussian fronts. He participated in the liberation of the Northern Caucasus, the Crimea, Byelorussia, Poland, routed the enemy on its own territory. For military distinction awarded three Orders of the Red Banner (1944, . 1945), . Order of Alexander Nevsky (1945), . World War 2 nd degree (1944), . Red Star (1943), . medals "For the Defense of the Caucasus", . "For the victory over Germany in World War II 1941 - 1945 gg." and other medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Ivanovich Shatalin awarded on Aug. 18, 1945 for 165 assault against the enemy and for displaying courage and valor.

. In the postwar years I.I
. Shatalin served in the Air. Colonel stock, lived and worked in Mr.. Moscow. Died Feb. 10, 2001.

H a front Shatalin rose from private pilot to the squadron commander. Of the total number of sorties 134 times led groups of 4 - 12 aircraft. He flew in all weather conditions. The greatest skill displayed in the following sorties.

June 8, 1943, consisting of four IL-2 Shatalin flew to attack the artillery positions and bunkers on the front line defense in the village of Kiev in Taman. When approaching the target group was met with heavy fire anti-aircraft artillery and machine guns, and then attacked by fighter. Shatalin bravely joined the battle with the enemy "Messerschmitt", and drove them away, applying protivozenitny maneuver aiming dropped bombs on the enemy bunker. During the second call pilot silenced anti-aircraft artillery battery of the enemy. Noticing the side of the goal of the infantry, Shatalin made a third call and accurate fire from guns and machine guns destroyed a large group of Nazis. Direct hit Shatalina plane was shot down and became difficult to manage. Brave pilot safely brought the damaged car on its airfield.

. On the morning of May 9, 1944 in south-eastern outskirts of Sevastopol, the enemy concentrated a large force of infantry and tanks and arrested the further advance of Part 4 of the First Ukrainian Front
. With storm troopers, led by Shatalin, despite a heavy antiaircraft fire, the enemy successfully proshturmovala. In the second and third flights for the same purpose had suffered even more powerful bombing assault attacks. The enemy's losses were so great that after the end of attack our infantry stormed in Sebastopol and led the successful battle to rid the city from the enemy.

. Excellent work Squadron Shatalina also during the fighting to expand our bridgeheads on the river north of Warsaw Narev
. For example, 14 October 1944 a group of 12 Ilyushin blow to the enemy airfield CiechanцЁw (Poland). The raid destroyed 5 planes, 2 anti-aircraft guns, to 20 flight-technical personnel. At the airport there were two powerful explosions, there was a big fire. On the way back the pilots attacked a railway train at one station, set fire to two cars and silenced the two anti-aircraft batteries of the enemy. With lossless returned to their base.

Squadron Shatalina has been active in defeating the enemy Danzig. Only March 24, 1945 Shatalin thrice led groups of storm troopers to destroy the artillery batteries of the enemy, greatly hindering the advance of our infantry to Mr.. Danzig (Gdansk). Accurate strikes from low altitudes, making each radius of five or six hits on the target, attack aircraft killed one and put down five batteries of the enemy, providing small parts of the successful progress.


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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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