MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Today in the village of Torbeevo, Republic of Mordovia, a monument to the Hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Devyatayev was unveiled.
The solemn event was attended by the Acting Head of Mordovia Artyom Zdunov, Deputy Chairman of DOSAAF of Russia Nikolai Staskov, cosmonaut Vladimir Dezhurov, daughter of the legendary pilot Nelly Devyatayeva, public figures, veterans of the Armed Forces, a large delegation from Tatarstan, representatives of DOSAAF Russia and military commissariats from different regions of the Volga region and the Southern Urals, servicemen, cadets and youth soldiers.
Artem Zdunov expressed gratitude to the Russian Military Historical Society for its active assistance in the creation and installation of the monument to the Hero of the Soviet Union.
Nikolay Staskov, Deputy Chairman of DOSAAF of Russia, recalled that it was in the Kazan Aero Club that Mikhail Devyatayev’s path to the sky began, and expressed gratitude for the fact that in Mordovia great attention is always paid to the issues of military-patriotic education.
Mikhail Petrovich Devyatayev was born on July 8, 1917 in the village of Torbeevo in Mordovia. During the Great Patriotic War, he served as a flight commander of the 104th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (9th Guards Fighter Aviation Division, 2nd Air Army, 1st Ukrainian Front) with the rank of Guard Senior Lieutenant.
Mikhail Devyatayev was shot down on July 13, 1944, repelling an enemy air raid in the Lvov area. The pilot was captured and placed in a concentration camp on the island of Usedom (Germany). On February 8, a group of ten prisoners led by Devyatayev captured a bomber and left the camp.
He was awarded the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner, the Patriotic War I and II degrees, and many medals. Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Mordovia, Kazan, Wolgast and Tsinovichi (Germany).
Died on November 24, 2002. He was buried in the Alley of Heroes of the Arsk cemetery in Kazan.
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