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Pavel Kamozin
Pavel Kamozin16.7.1917 - 24.11.1983

Pavel Kamozin was a fighter pilot, deputy squadron commander of the 269th Fighter Regiment of the 236th Fighter Air Division of the 5th Air Army of the North Caucasian Front; Squadron Commander of the 66th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 329th Fighter Air Division of the 4th Air Army of the 2nd Belorussian Front.

He was born on 3 (16) in July 1917 in Bezhitsa (now part of the city of Bryansk) in a working class family. Russian. In 1931, he graduated from school (6 years) and enrolled in the Factory Trade Apprenticeship; worked as a mechanic at the “Red Profintern” (now Bryansk Machine Building Plant, JSC); in 1934, studied at the flying club. Joined the Red / Soviet Army in 1937. In 1938, he graduated from Borisoglebovsk Military Aviation School of pilots. A member of the CPSU (B) / CPSU since 1943.

Kamozin met the Great Patriotic War at the Kiev Special Military District, transformed to the South-Western Front. His first combat sortie on the I-16 fighter was made on the second day of war, on June 23, 1941. Was wounded in his foot right through – it was the sad result of baptism of fire for the future air ace...

Together with his unit he went to be retrained on the LaGG fighter, became an instructor and returned to the front only a year later ...

His first combat mission in the 246th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 236th Fighter Air Division of the 5th Air Army, commander of the Transcaucasus Front, Lieutenant P. Kamozin marked by the victory. In aerial combat on the Tuapse direction, at Shaumyan, he shot down Hitler’s fighter “Messerschmitt” – the Me-109. And during the first month of fighting he destroyed four enemy planes, including bomber “Dornier” – the Do-217 armed with four guns and six machine guns. A skillful fighter, D. Kalarash with whom P. Kamozin repeatedly flew for combat missions, inspired a young pilot. And after his death in November 1942, Kamozin shot dowm in one battle just three “Messerschmitt” planes: two “109” and one “110”...

By the end of April 1943, deputy squadron commander of the 269th Fighter Aviation Regiment Lieutenant P. Kamozin made 82 sorties to liberate bombers, cover the troops, reconnaissance and ground attack. During 23 air battles he personally shot down 12 enemy planes.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on May 1, 1943 for their courage and bravery shown in battles against the Nazi invaders, Pavel M. Kamozin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 1148).

Being in the reserve regiment, Lieutenant Kamozin mastered the American F-39 fighter “Aircobra” and then was assigned to the 66th Fighter Wing of the 329th Fighter Air Division of the 4th Air Army, where he soon became commander of the squadron. In the first battle in this regiment, piloting the “Aircobra” P. Kamozin shot down the spy plane “frame” – “Focke-Wulf” (the FW-189), but his fighter got seriously damaged by the fire of the enemy anti-aircraft guns. A brave pilot landed his plane on the neutral zone near the trenches of the Soviet troops ...

In the battles for the city of Russian glory - Sebastopol – Kamozin’s squadron pilots shot down 64 enemy planes, 19 of which were recorded at his own expense of the military commander. On December 31, 1943 Pavel Kamozin and Ladykin flew on reconnaissance. Returning to their base in the area above the village of Sem Kolodezey, they noticed a cargo plane accompanied by the six Me-109 destroyers. Kamozin decided to move and attack at the maximum speed, he rushed to the goal, beating the transport plane ... When the Crimea was liberated from the invaders, it became known that on board there were 18 German generals carrying awards and New Year presents for their soldiers and officers ...

By midsummer of 1944, squadron commander of the 66th Fighter Aviation Regiment Captain P. Kamozin made 131 successful sorties, took part in 56 air battles in which he personally shot down 29 enemy planes and 13 in a group.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on July 1, 1944 Pavel Kamozin was awarded the second Gold Star medal (№ 23).

On January 20, 1945 Squadron Commander of the 101st Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, Guards Captain Pavel Kamozin performed another sortie, but because of his motor engine problems the “Aircobra” decayed, and the fighter crashed to the ground ... Fortunately, the Hero of the Soviet Union, P. Kamozin survived, but from injuries sustained in the accident, he didn’t recover ... Victory Day Guards Captain Kamozin met in the hospital.

During the war, P. Kamozin carried out about 200 sorties, during 70 air battles he personally shot down 35 enemy planes and 13 in a group.

After the war, in 1946 P. Kamozin was in reserve. He returned to his native Bryansk, and worked in civil aviation. Conducted community service.

He died on November 24, 1983 in Bryansk, where he was buried.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, the 1st Class Order of Alexander Nevsky and the 1st Class Order of Patriotic War, and many medals. He was conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of the city of Bryansk.

In the park, near Bryansk Engineering Palace of Culture, the bronze bust of twice Hero of the Soviet Union Pavel Kamozin (sculptor M. Manizer) was installed. One of the streets in Bryansk is named after him. A museum of the Hero works in school 11.

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