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Victor Golubev
Victor Golubev17. 1. 1916 - 17. 5. 1945

Victor Golubev was a strafer of the 285th/58th Guards Attack Aviation Regiment of the 228th/2nd Guards Attack Air Division of the 16th Air Army.

He was born on January 17, 1916 in Petrograd (now - St. Petersburg) in a working class family. Russian. A member of the CPSU (b) since 1942. Joined the Red Army in 1936. In 1939 he graduated from the Kharkov Military Aviation School.

From the very first day of the Great Patriotic War - in attack aviation. Fought in the 285th Attack Aviation Regiment of the 228th Assault Air Division of the 16th Air Army.

Commander of the IL-2 team, Lt. V. Golubev participated in the battles of Smolensk, and Rostov-on-Don. During the Battle of Stalingrad (from July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943) attack pilots of his team, and then the squadron demonstrated heroism and skill, destroying equipment and manpower of the Nazis, striving towards the Volga.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on August 12, 1942 for his courage and bravery shown in combat with the German invaders, Lieutenant Viktor Golubev was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 693).

By the Order № 63 of the Peoples’ Commissar of Defence of the USSR dated February 8, 1943 “for showing courage in the battles against the Nazi invaders, for strength, courage, discipline and organization, for heroism in the defeat of Nazi forces at Stalingrad”, the 285th Assault Aviation Regiment was transformed into the 58th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment.

During the Battle of Kursk (from July 5 to August 23, 1943) the entire front knew of the master strokes on the vaunted German Tiger, Panther and Ferdinand tanks by the Soviet Union Hero, a pilot-fighter, navigator of the 58th Guards Regiment, Guards Major V. Golubev. In fierce battles on the “Kursk Salient”, he repeatedly committed to battle six IL-2 fighters, which often managed to destroy dozens of enemy tanks in a single sortie.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on August 24, 1943 for his courage and bravery shown in combat with the German invaders, Guards Maj. Viktor Golubev was awarded the second Gold Star medal. He became the first double-hero of the 16th Air Army. By this time, on his account there were 257 combat sorties, during which he destroyed or damaged 69 tanks, 875 vehicles, 10 tanks of fuel, a lot of other military equipment, as well as put out of action more than one hundred enemy soldiers and officers.

Since 1943, Major Golubev – a student at the Air Force Academy named after N. Zhukovsky.

On May 17, 1945 his life was tragically cut short during the training flight. He was buried at Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin (1942), two Orders of the Red Banner (1941, 194 ..), the 2nd Class Order of the Patriotic War (1943), the Order of the Red Star (1942), and medals.

A bronze bust of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, V. Golubev was installed in Moscow Victory Park in St. Petersburg.
 



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