(17. 1. 1917 - 2. 7. 1979)
H ikolay S. Lacko, a senior lieutenant, squadron commander of 431 th Attack Aviation Regiment. Born January 17, 1917 in g. Atkarsk Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the workers' school in Vladimir. In May 1937 the second course of the Saratov Medical Institute Komsomol went to the Military Aviation School.
. From March 1943 until March 1945 had fought in the 16-th Air Army in the Central, Belorussian, and 1 st Belorussian fronts
. Participated in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. For military decorations and other services to the Motherland was awarded four Orders of the Red Banner (1943 - 2, . 1944 - 2), . Order of Alexander Nevsky (1944), . World War 1-st degree (1943), . two Orders of Red Star (1952, . 1957), . medals "For Military Merit" (1952), . "3a liberation of Warsaw" and five other medals.,
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mamontov Lackovц? awarded Oct. 26, 1944 for 112 combat missions in the Il-2, . causing great damage to the enemy and for displaying valor and courage.,
. In the postwar years, NS
. Lacko graduated from the Red Banner Air Force Academy, and until 1960 he served in the Soviet Army. Reserve colonel, lived and worked in Mr.. Zhukovsky, Moscow region. Died July 2, 1979.
At the time of the Battle of Kursk, . in an extremely strong opposition antiaircraft, . and fighter aircraft of the enemy, . Lacko led his squadron in Ponyri, . Krom, . Sevsk, . Novograd Seversky, . Nezhin and accurate bombing-attack enemy blows inflicted heavy losses in manpower, . and materiel,
. The pilots of his squadron provided ground troops defeat the enemy Orel, and later - forcing the rivers Desna, Sozh, Dnieper, Pripyat and the Berezina. Numerous examples of combat skills and personal courage Lacko earned great prestige, won fame as the best attack aircraft of. Here are the most typical combat sorties brave pilot.
July 7, 1943 Lacko four times drove in the battle group of seven aircraft to attack tank columns of the enemy in the districts and villages Protasova Buzuluk. Well-aimed blows of our pilots had been destroyed 15 tanks, 30 vehicles I have more than 150 Nazis bombed three warehouses with ammunition in the air combat enemy fighter shot down. Anti-aircraft fire on the enemy machine Lackovц? oil pipeline was punctured, damaged chassis. The pilot skillfully landed on one wheel.
July 9, squadron commander led a group of storm troopers to destroy enemy tanks in the vicinity of the Broad Marshes. Despite the heavy antiaircraft fire of the enemy, pilots bombs set fire to the 7 anti-tank, destroyed 3 guns and dispersed a large group of Nazis. When performing a combat mission Ilyushin were attacked by 29 enemy fighters. As a result of skilful leadership battle by the commander of the squadron were shot down five enemy planes. For high efficiency impact and disruption of the enemy offensive in this sector Lacko received the thanks-Military Council of the 13th Army.
November 29, 1943 Group Lackovц? struck by trains at the station Zhlobin. The pilots destroyed the engine and more than 30 rail cars and cargo, were two powerful explosions. In the area of target group tied dogfight with 6 Me-109 and 9 S-87, in which our pilots shot down two "Junkers". One of them destroyed the commander of the group.
All 112 sorties Lacko made on the same plane. He had no landing outside his airfield. At the battle account airman listed as destroyed: 24 tank, . 76 cars, . 17 field guns and 3 anti-aircraft artillery guns, . 2 locomotive, . 21 rail car, . 7 mortar batteries, . bridge over the river Irpen, . 6 warehouses with ammunition and fuel, . 3 aircraft and more than 600 Nazis,
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