(25. 9. 1916 - 27. 6. 1941)
Dr. Mitri Z. Tarasov, lieutenant, commander of the 21 th Regiment of long -. Born September 25, 1916 in a. Big Kushum Balakovo District, Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school, place of birth. In 1935 - 1938 he studied in Engel's Military Aviation School. In the prewar years, he served in the aviation wing of the Odessa Military District. For high performance in tactical flight training had 12 thanks and cash awards from the command.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitri Tarasov Z. posthumously awarded June 20, 1942 for the selfless courage and heroism shown during a combat mission
. His aflame plane brave officer sent to a concentration of enemy tanks. This happened on the sixth day of the war.
June 27, 1941 the regiment, which served Tarasov, was ordered to detain enemy tanks and a column of vehicles heading east on the road HrubieszцЁw - Sokal
. In the first five car was Tarasova. Bombers made the first call of. Bombs were the exact target. On the ground could be seen dymivshiesya tanks and vehicles. Among the Nazis came confusion, congestion on the road was formed, the soldiers jumped from the car and fled in different directions.
Lieutenant Tarasov made a second call and just successfully dropped on the enemy another series of bombs. At that time, swooped down enemy fighters Me-109. Shooter-radio operator Boris Kapustin and shooter Sergei Kowalski opened fire on the Nazi vultures and drove them away. But soon one of the "Messers" still managed to go sideways to the bomber and a close distance to release the long bursts. Right motor vehicles puffed, and then flushed. Nosedive Tarasov tried to extinguish the flames, but this did not work. Recio burned hands, smoke corroding the eyes. Boris Kapustin, clutched his chest - was wounded. Tarasov sharp slide on the wing once again tried to extinguish the fire, but again to no avail. He looked down. An enemy tank column resumed its movement toward the bleeding of our troops, to keep from superior enemy forces. In these moments the crew commander in a firm voice on the radio gave his last order:
- Guys who can throw a parachute. I'm going to ram! I'm going to ram! Farewell! ..
Aflame bomber went into a dive. One after another, left the car navigator, Lieutenant Boris Eremin Sergei Kowalski. Meanwhile, the aircraft with the remaining bombs crashed into the thick of enemies. Enormous force bombing destroyed several enemy tanks and vehicles. Tarasov and Kapustin died.
Nazi tank column was delayed for several hours. During the descent by parachute Lieutenant Eremin was spotted by the Nazis. But the navigator drew his pistol and fired the full clip of him running toward the enemy, killed several of them. The brave officer was injured and fell unconscious. The Nazis seized Eremina and the eyes of local residents cut off his head.
In another there was destiny Sergei Kowalski. Descending by parachute, he hid in the woods. With a burnt face, wounded by a shell fragment, he barely got to the nearest village. It was Ivanichi Volyn region. Residents hid him from the Nazis, helped heal the wounds. Now lives in Mr. Kowalski. Novomoskovsk Dnipropetrovsk region, an electrical works at a metallurgical plant.
. W Thurman Boris Eremin, . as, . as commander of the crew Tarasov, . was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, Junior Sergeant Sergei Kowalski and Corporal Boris Kapustin awarded the Order of the Red Banner.
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