(14. 11. 1915 - 8. 4. 1991)
B razhnikov Ivan Moiseevich gunner-radio operator 132 th speed Bomber Regiment (45 th Composite Air Division, 18 Army, the Southern Front) Sgt. November 14, 1915 in the town of Orenburg in the family working. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1942. Early lost his parents, was raised in an orphanage. After six years of working in the foundry workers. Since November 1937 in the Soviet Army. Participated in the liberation of Western Ukraine in 1939. In 1941 he graduated from school junior aviation specialists.
Since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War in the army. He fought in the South-Western, Kalinin, 1 st Belorussian fronts, took part in defensive battles near Odessa, in the defense of Moscow, the liberation of Ukraine, Byelorussia, Soviet Baltic states, defeating the enemy in Germany.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal Ivan Moiseevich Brazhnikov awarded March 27, 1942 for three downed enemy aircraft in one dogfight and shown bravery and courage.,
. July 26, 1941 bomber crew consisting of commander Loktev, navigator Navrotsky and arrow-radioman Brazhnikova departed, accompanied by management fighters to strike at the crossing of the river Dniester
. When approaching the goal from behind the clouds rolled out a dozen fascist fighters. Link our fighter cover tied unequal air battle. The bomber was attacked by three "messershmitami". One went down in the tail bomber. But Brazhnikov was on the alert. As soon as "Messer" came to close quarters, the shooter pulled the trigger gun, and the fire trail dug into the cockpit "vulture". Plane with a swastika on the tail fin fell to the ground. Now bomber attacked two enemy fighters. A long line of gun Brazhnikov knocked another one. The remaining "Messerschmitts" come close to our car and lit it. But the crew continued the flight to the target in a burning bomber, which could explode at any moment. That's crossing. Bombs dropped in one gulp, did their job.
- Purpose is covered! - Reported to the navigator.
Loktev, and maneuvering of anti-aircraft fire, went out with a reversal and with a decrease in home. Enemy fighters began to attack again, intending to finish bomber. One "Messerschmitt" swept over the crew, exposing its belly. Brazhnikov stabbed there turn out a machine gun and knocked out a fighter.
By order of the commander Brazhnikov jumped from the burning plane with a parachute. Landed at the location of its troops. The charred, half alive, and Navrotsky Brazhnikova picked infantry and assisted. Loktev found dead.
Since 1946, Major Brazhnikov Б┴┬ in Stock. He graduated from 10 classes, two courses of Orenburg State Pedagogical Institute, was deputy director of Orsk Machine Building Plant. He lived in Orenburg. Died April 8, 1991.
. Awarded the Order of Lenin, World War 1 degree, the Red Star and medals.
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2) Rossovskii VP. Gold Stars Orenburg, 1989