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Biography ZAKhAROV Viktor
(7. 11. 1919 - 11. 5. 1944)

In IKTOR N. Zakharov, lieutenant, commander of Squadron 995 th Attack Aviation Regiment. Born November 7, 1919 in a. Nicholas Astrakhan region. Russian. In 1937, after two courses of Saratov zoovetinstituta entered the Military Aviation School.

In March 1943 fighting in the 17-th Air Army in the South-West and 3 rd Ukrainian fronts. Took part in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine and Moldova. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1943) and the Red Star (1943).

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Zakharov was awarded July 1, 1944 for 97 ground-attack against the enemy and for displaying valor and courage.

. VN Zakharov died in a combat mission May 11, 1944, under Mr.
. Bender in Moldova.

"H ernaya death" - the so-called Hitler's soldiers attack the Soviet Il-2. This plane could take the bomb, had a powerful cannon and machine-gun armament, was armored. Attack aircraft struck a low altitude, without fear of rifle and machine-gun fire of the enemy. From strikes Ilyushin enemy heavy losses.

Viktor Zakharov made on this plane 97 sorties. He slapped on the columns and places where the enemy on the river crossings and trains, the artillery batteries and airfields, military depots and control points. 67 times Zakharov flew as the lead group. He personally participated in 27 air battles with enemy fighters and shot down one of them. His squadron was in these battles had no losses and completely returned to their base. For exemplary performance of combat missions Lieutenant Zakharov for the year of the battle had 17 thanks to the division commander and corps. The regiment saw Zakharova best pilot, he set an example to others, according to him were equal to countrymen. High-flying skills, bravery and courage of the pilot are characterized by numerous examples.

. August 18, 1943 Squadron Ilyushin was tasked to attack an enemy convoy, heading from Barvenkovo Mechebilovo
. Zakharov raised in the air for ten cars and he flew as the lead. Descending to a height strafing, he's just hitting rockets set fire to two staff van. His friends have destroyed a dozen cars. There were traffic congestion. Some cars turned off the highway, but got stuck in muddy from the rain chernozem. Among the Nazis panic. Meanwhile, Zakharov and his comrades did a sunset after another and shot-gun fascist gun fire. Having spent all the ammunition, "muds" have embarked on their base. On the road, burning 70 enemy vehicles.

September 19, 1943 Zakharov received the task of bombing strike-hit assault on the enemy airfield near Kaidak - Chaplino. At the airfield, enemy bombers were based, causing much trouble to our mobile units.

. Zakharov headed nines Ilyushin attacked the enemy at dusk, when Hitler's pilots had left the airport on vacation
. Hedge-hopping our pilots suddenly appeared over the horizon and dropped bombs on the bombers stationed at a number. Immediately several cars on fire. Deploying, strike fighters next blow rained down on anti-aircraft battery and the survivors of the bombing aircraft. Three pilots call Zakharova burned at the airport 8 four-engined He-177, 3 "Junkers" and damaged 10 other aircraft.

. Total for 14 months in the fighting ranks, Lieutenant Zakharov destroyed 10 tanks, . 6 aircraft on the ground to 1 in the air, . 6 anti-aircraft batteries, . 97 cars, . 2 warehouses with ammunition and fuel, . 3 railway cars, . 22 wagons with goods, . 4 large tank for fuel and up to 330 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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