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VERSHININ Konstantin

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(3. 6. 1900 - 30. 12. 1973)

In ershinin Konstantin Andreyevich - Commander of the 4-th Air Army. Born June 3, 1900 in the village of Borkin now Sanchursk district Kirov region in a peasant family. Russian. Studied at the rural parochial school. Since the beginning of World War I got a shipyard, he studied at night school for workers. At the shipyard in 1919. joined the PKP (b).

In the army since 1919. Member of the Civil War, took part in battles against gangs in Belarus, in suppressing the uprising in the province of Voronezh. In 1920 he graduated from the infantry command courses, courses in 1923 √ ⌠ ■ Shot. He commanded a company, battalion. In 1932 he graduated from the Air Force Academy named after NE Zhukovsky. He served in line units the Air Force, worked in the Air Force Institute. In 1935 an external student passed the exam for the title of a military pilot. Since 1938 √ assistant chief, from 1941 Head of the Higher √ aviation courses improvements.

Member of the Great Patriotic War from September 1941 to the post of commander of the Air Force of the Southern Front. In May and September 1942 √ Commander 4-th Air Army, with the September 1942 √ Air Force commander of the Transcaucasian Front. In May 1943 again commanded the 4 th Air Army.

. Under his leadership, the pilots in close cooperation with ground troops in 1942 led the air battle in the skies of Donbass and the Don, . restraining offensive superior enemy forces, . defended the North Caucasus, . in 1943 fought in the Kuban and Taman Peninsula,
. In 1944, 4 th Air Army, participated in the liberation of the Crimea, . and then in the 2-nd Russian Front, . provided the strategic superiority of the Soviet Air Force and the success of ground forces during the offensive ⌠ ■ Bagration and the East-Prussian operation.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Konstantin Vershinin awarded on Aug. 19, 1944 For the successful management of military units and for displaying personal courage and heroism.,

. In 1946-1949 √ √ Air Force Commander, Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR
. In 1946 he was elected to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In 1949, fell into disgrace and transferred to the post of Commander of the Baku Air Defense District, in 1950, his candidacy has not been included in the list of candidates for deputies of the Supreme Council. Nevertheless, in 1953 he regained the position I.V. Stalin and became commander of Air Defense. In 1952-56 a candidate for membership, in 1961-71 a member of the CPSU Central Committee. In 1953-1954 √ commander of Air Defense Forces. In 1954-56 the newly demoted to the District Commander Air Defense. Since 1956 Deputy Chief, from May 1957 - Chief of the Air Force and Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR. √ Since 1969 the Group of Inspectors General of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR. In 1954-70 member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Lived in Moscow. Died Dec. 30, 1973. He was buried in Moscow, the Novodevichy cemetery. At the grave monument-bust.

Mr. Lavna Air Marshal (1959). Awarded 6 Orders of Lenin, Order of the October Revolution, 3 orders of the Red Banner, 3 orders of Suvorov 1-st degree, 2-Order of Suvorov, First Class, World War 1-st degree, medals and foreign decorations.

. His name is a street in Moscow, one of the buildings of the Air Force Engineering Academy named after NE Zhukovsky a memorial plaque.

. Compositions:
. Fourth Air
. M., 1979.


Biography provided by A. Simonov

Additional Links:
1) Biography on the website "Heroes and exploits
2) Biography on the website "Chronos"

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