(13. 2. 1920 - 23. 9. 2000)
H ikolay Isaakovich Popov, Captain, Squadron Commander 724-Attack Air Radomski Red Regiment, was born February 13, 1920 in a. Sands Dolmatovski district of the Kurgan region in a peasant family. Russian. He graduated from the 7 classes of high school in 1936, Perm military pilots flying school in 1939, Engels Military Aviation School in 1940 and Krasnodar Pilot School in 1942. In the Soviet Army was in 1939 - 1950 respectively.
. From July 1943 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought in the 15 and 16 air armies on the Bryansk, 2 nd Baltic and the 1 st Belorussian Front commanded the flight leader and squadron
. Participated in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Pskov Oblast, Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. For Combat Service to the Motherland, was awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1944 - 2), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1944), World War 1-th degree (1943), medals "For the capture of Berlin," "For the liberation of Warsaw 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" Nikolai Popov Isaakovich conferred May 15, 1946 for 97 combat missions in the Il-2, . causing great damage to the enemy and for displaying valor and courage.,
. We volivshis of the Soviet Army on the disease, NI
. Popov moved to permanent residence in g. Petrovsk Saratov region. Retired Major. Died Sept. 23, 2000.
January 15, 1944 Captain Popov received the assignment to photograph the strongly fortified enemy positions located 15 kilometers northwest of Mr.. Pustoshek, where the main attack was scheduled 2-the First Baltic Front. Rising from the frontline airfield in the pair with the knowledge, Popov went to the predetermined area and started photographing the enemy defense. Suddenly, from behind the clouds scout was attacked by three fighter Focke-vulyf-190 ". Led by Popova, lost his bearings, he returned to their base, and the captain was forced to take one fight with superior opponent.
Risking their lives, fighting off the enemy were pressing, Popov continued to carry out his assignment. One of the Fokker went into a frontal attack, Popov decided bit of a nazi closer and strike at close range. The German pilot thought it obvious that the Soviet intelligence officer ran out of ammunition, and went closer, anticipating an easy victory. Popov lashed by the Nazis from the cannon and machine gun. Fighter puffed and in turning over the wing, went to the ground. He fell in the tens of kilometers to the north-west of Pustoshek.
Meanwhile, two other fighters continued to attack. Dozens of fire bullets pierced the plane of attack aircraft.
Soon after the job was done, and Popov headed for their base. Above the front line "Fokker" still managed to incite a Soviet plane. Ilyushin puffed, almost did not obey the will of the pilot. Popov miraculously managed to land on the neutral zone ...
The Nazis opened fire on the aircraft of all types of weapons. With difficulty clambered out of the cab crooked, Popov took off from the burning stormtrooper camera with valuable pictures and took him to the headquarters of the 15 th Air Force.
. Aerial delivered Popov, confirmed the assumption of our intelligence about the presence in the area Pustoshek deep defenses of the enemy, densely occupied zone
. In connection with this command, it was decided to postpone the main efforts in the forthcoming offensive in the area Novorzheva.
. Altogether during the war, Captain Popov aircraft destroyed, 32 tanks, 25 field guns, 8 bunkers, locomotive, 63 railroad cars, 55 cars, 75 wagons and 335 soldiers and officers
. In addition, a group of them were burned to the ground 35 enemy aircraft.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968