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Talgat Begeldinov
Talgat Begeldinov5.8.1922

Talgat Begeldinov was a bomber pilot of the 144th Guards Attack Aviation Regiment of the 9th Guards Ground Attack Air Division of the 5th Air Force.

He was born on August 5, 1922 in Pishpek (Frunze, today Bishkek). Kazakh. He graduated from intermediate school in Frunze.

Joined the Red Army in 1940, he graduated from Orenburg military pilots flying school in 1942. A member of the CPSU (B) / Communist Party since 1943.

Participated in the Great Patriotic War from January 1943. His first sortie made in the morning on February 17, 1943, and in the evening - two more. Soon he claimed his first aerial victory by shooting down Bf.109 fighter. In the battles for Kharkov he was shot down. Despite many difficulties, he managed to cross the front line, and having returned to his regiment, continued his military activity.

Deputy squadron commander of the 144th Guards Attack Aviation Regiment (the 9th Guards Assault Air Division, the 5th Air Army, the 2nd Ukrainian Front), Guards Lt. Begeldinov by June 1944 had made 155 sorties to attack the intelligence and enemy fortifications, airfields, railway junctions, and clusters of the enemy troops.

Title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 4619) Guards Lieutenant, Talgat Begeldinov was awarded on October 26, 1944 for bravery and military skill shown in the liberation of Znamenka and Kirovograd, for personally shot down 4 enemy aircraft, and active assistance to the ground forces at the USSR state border.

As a squadron commander of the same regiment (the 9th Guards Assault Air Division, the 1st Guards Attack Air Corps, the 2nd Air Army, the 1st Ukrainian Front), by March 1945, he had made 120 sorties more.

The second Gold Star medal (№ 6554) Guards Captain, Talgat Begeldinov was awarded on June 27, 1945 for his squadron leadership and military feats in the cluster attack of the enemy ground troops and equipment in the battle for Krakow, Oppeln (Opole), Katowice, Breslau ( Wroclaw), and Berlin.

In just two years T. Begeldinov made 305 sorties, flied almost 500 hours, destroyed a lot of equipment and manpower; shot down 7 planes, a few burned on the ground during the ground attack of the enemy airfields.

Worthy end of the military way of Begeldinov in the Great Patriotic War was his participation in the Victory Parade on June 24, 1945.

After the war he continued service in the Soviet Air Force. In 1950 he graduated from the Air Force Academy. Honored Military Pilot of the USSR. Since 1956 - in reserve. From 1957 to 1970 - Chief Inspector and Deputy Chief of the Kazakh Territorial Administration of the Civil Aviation. In 1968 Begeldinov graduated from Moscow Engineering Institute and for a long time he worked in senior positions in the State Construction Committee of the Kazakh SSR. A member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of the 2nd, 3rd convocations.

He lives in Alma-Ata. He is the president of the International Charitable Foundation, which bears his name. The Fund provides assistance to the War veterans and the orphans.

Maj.-Gen. He was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, the Orders of the Great Patriotic War of the 1st and the 2nd degrees, the Order of the Red Star, the 3rd Class Order of Glory; medals.

Honorary student of Orenburg Higher Military Aviation Pilot School named after I. Polbin.

A bronze bust was installed in his homeland. In Kazakhstan, Military Institute of Air Defence (city of Aktobe) is named after the twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Talgat Begeldinov.

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