Chronicle of war:

Arseny Vorozheikin
Arseny Vorozheikin28. 10. 1912 - 23. 5. 2001

Arseny Vorozheikin - Squadron of the 728th Fighter Regiment of the 256th Fighter Air Division of the 5th Fighter Air Corps of the 2nd Air Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front, Captain.

He was born on October 28, 1912 in Prokofievka village, now Gorodetsky district of Nizhny Novgorod region in a peasant family. Russian. A member of the CPSU (B) / Communist Party since 1932.

Joined the Red Army in 1931-1933 and since 1934. In 1937, he graduated from the Kharkov Military Aviation School of Pilots. He participated in battles at the Khalkhin-Gol in 1939, had 30 air battles, shot down six Japanese planes (during one of the fights, seriously injured spinal cord, was invalided out of the army, but despite this, he returned into the unit).

During the Soviet-Finnish War of 1939-40 - Air squadron commander. In 1942, he graduated from the Air Force Academy.

On the Great Patriotic War fronts since 1942. He participated in battles at the Kalinin, Voronezh (renamed in the 1st Ukrainian on October 20, 1943) Fronts. Fighting in the ranks of the 2nd Air Army, by January 1944, Squadron of the 728th Fighter Aviation Regiment (the 256th Fighter Air Division, the 5th Fighter Air Corps) Captain Arseny Vorozheikin made 78 sorties and personally destroyed 19 enemy planes participating in 32 air battles.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on February 4, 1944 for courage and heroism in the battles against the Nazi invaders, Arseny Vorozheikin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 2043).

By mid-summer of 1944, Squadron commander Vorozheikin carried out 28 sorties; participated in 14 air battles, in which he personally shot down 11 enemy planes. In total a fighter pilot, A. Vorozheykin made about 400 combat sorties, shot down 52 enemy planes in person (of which 6 – at the Khalkhin-Gol) and 14 in the group. He got three injuries. In July 1944, he was appointed commander of the 32nd Fighter Regiment.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on August 19, 1944 Captain Arseny Vorozheikin was awarded the second Gold Star medal (№ 28).

Since 1944, A. Vorozheikin – a senior training pilot of the Combat Training tactical aircraft.

After the war, commanded the famous Soviet ace aviation regiment, division, and was the first deputy commander of the Black Sea fleet air defense. In 1952, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff. He mastered many types of jet aircraft, including the La-15, the Yak-15 the Yak-17, the MiG-15, and the MiG-17.

Since 1957, Major General of Aviation, A. Vorozheikin - in reserve, and then retired. He lived in Moscow, was engaged in literary pursuits. Died on May 23, 2001. He was buried in Moscow at Troekurov cemetery.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin (1944), four Orders of the Red Banner (1939, 1943, 1947, 1953), the 1st Class Order of Suvorov (1944), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1943), the 1st Class Order of the Patriotic War (1985), two Orders of the Red Star (1947, 1955), medals; U.S. Cross “For air combat service” (1945) and other international awards.

A bronze bust of the Hero is set in Gorodets, one of the streets of this city is named after him.
 



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