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GAMZIN Vladimir

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(29. 9. 1919 - 1. 11. 2001)


In LADIMIR V. Gamzin, . Guard Captain, . assistant commander of 74-th Guards Ground Attack Air Regiment of Stalingrad Red air-rifle Service (1 Guards Ground Attack Air Division, . 1-Air Army, . 3rd Belorussian Front),
. Born September 29, 1919 in a. Akatnaya Maza Khvalin district of Saratov region in a peasant family. Russian. After graduating from elementary school because of economic hardship parents lived with his uncle in g. Baku. He graduated from the school trade schools, worked as a mechanic while studying in the evening high school and flying club. Autumn of 1939 was drafted into the Red Army. As minder air force units participated in the Russo-Finnish war of 1939-1940 the. In 1941 he graduated from the Orenburg Air Force Pilot School.

. From June 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought in the 8 and 1-air armies at Stalingrad, Southern, 4-th Ukrainian and 3-Byelorussian fronts
. Participated in the Battle of Stalingrad, the liberation of Ukraine, the Crimea, Byelorussia, Lithuania and defeating the enemy on the territory of East Prussia. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1942, . 1944), . Order of Alexander Nevsky (1945), . World War 1-st degree (1943), . two Orders of Red Star (1943, . 1954), . medals "For Military Merit" (1949) "For the Defense of Stalingrad, . "For the capture of KцTnigsberg" and three other medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vladimir Vasilyevich GAMZIN awarded on Feb. 23, 1945 for 447 combat sorties, . causing great damage to the enemy and for displaying valor and courage.,

. Fter the war he served in the Air Force
. Reserve lieutenant colonel, lived in Ukraine in Gomel, worked at the factory GomSelMach. Died Nov. 1, 2001.

On the canopy in 1942 at Stalingrad, fought fiercely. Warriors 62-th army from morning till night repelled a superior enemy. Night there came a lull, and the men could rest in shifts. But this prevented enemy artillery. At one site a dedicated battery every night, the Nazis conducted methodical fire on the dispositions of our troops. This afflict men, and Commander of the Army aviators ordered to destroy the enemy's battery.

Execution of this task was entrusted night bombers. Several times they flew on combat missions, dropping bombs, the battery was silent, but as soon as the aircraft went off, resume more furious attack. Then the destruction of the battery was placed on the better part of the pilot Vladimir GAMZIN.

On the night of November 6 Gamzin approached the target at high altitude, and then turned off the engine and quietly dropped by the gun flashes, battery led light. Dropped GAMZIN bomb hit the ammunition dump. Enormous explosion shook the air force: the battery of the enemy was destroyed.

In autumn 1943, Soviet troops pushed the Nazis for the Dnieper throughout from Gomel to Kherson. Only in the area of Nikopol enemy managed to maintain a bridgehead on the left bank of the river. Fighting to eliminate this base were stubborn, and demanded greater efforts troops 3 and 4-th Ukrainian fronts, including attack aircraft and parts. Pilots Guards regiment did sometimes 3-4 sorties a day.

November 13 Six "oozes" headed GAMZIN was ordered to destroy the enemy's pontoon bridge across the Dnieper near the village of Great Lepetiha. When approaching the goal of our attack planes were fired on by antiaircraft artillery strong. Skillfully maneuvering in the zone of discontinuities Gamzin attacked the crossing and direct hit bombs destroyed half of the bridge.

. The fascists took two days to restore the crossing, near which during this time accumulated a large number of tanks and vehicles.

. W and the period from June 1942 to August 20, 1944 Vladimir Gamzin destroyed 53 tanks, . 23 field guns, . crossing, . 98 cars, . 3 without helix, . locomotive, . 55 wagons with cargo and up to 500 soldiers and officers.

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. Sources:
. 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968

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