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Alexander Klubov
Alexander Klubov18.1.1918 - 1.11.1944

Alexander F. Klubov was a fighter pilot of the 16th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 9th Guards Fighter Division of the 6th Guards Fighter Aviation Corps of the 2nd Air Army.

He was born on January 18, 1918 in Yarunovo village, today Votchinsky Village Council of the Vologda region in a peasant family. Russian. In 1934 he graduated from junior high school and went to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), where he enrolled in a Factory Trade Apprenticeship of Bolshevik factory and then worked as a tuner of machines. In 1937 he was admitted to the Leningrad flying club. In 1939 he joined the Red Army as a cadet of a pilot school, which he graduated from in 1940 in the rank of “lieutenant”.

During World War II, A. Klubov fought in fighter aircraft, taking his first fight in August 1942 as part of the 84th Fighter Aviation Regiment, in the North Caucasus. Here on the biplane-153 “Seagull” he completed 240 sorties, 150 assaults, destroyed 16 enemy planes on the ground (in a group) and shot down 4 enemy planes in aerial combat. On November 2, 1942 his plane was shot down in the aerial battle under Mozdok. Until recently, trying to save the plane, A. Klubov fought the flames that engulfed his “Seagull”, received burns to the face and hands, but in the end, he was forced to use a parachute.

After prolonged treatment at hospital, in May 1943, Lt. A. Klubov was transferred to the 16th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. A member of the CPSU (B) since 1943. As part of the 1st Squadron of the regiment he mastered a new fighter “Aircobra”, performing training flights under the direction of the legendary A. Pokryshkin.

Deputy squadron commander, Guards Senior Lieutenant A. Klubov especially distinguished himself in battles on the Kuban and the battle for the Dnieper River. By the early autumn of 1943 he made 310 combat sorties, carried out 84 air battles, he personally shot down 14 enemy planes and 19 – in a group. In the air battles in the Zaporozhye region - near the town of Osipenko (today Berdyansk) and at Bolshoy Tokmak (today the city of Tokmak) Klubov knocked three “Junkers” during one fight.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on April 13, 1944 for his courage and bravery shown in battles against the Nazi invaders, the Guards Senior Lieutenant Aleksandr Klubov was awarded Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 1320).

In the spring of 1944, A. Klubov was appointed commander of the 3rd Squadron. On the eve of the Iasi-Kishinev operation, in June – July 1944, on the fighter “Aircobra”(hull number 45) squadron commander Klubov shot down nine enemy planes during one week.

By the end of October 1944 the assistant commander of the 16th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the air-rifle Service, Guards Captain A. Klubov made 457 sorties, participated in the 95th and dogfights, personally shot down 31 aircraft and 19 in a group.

A daring pilot tragically died on November 1, 1944 in the Polish airfield “Stalowa Wola” On this day, after landing, his new La-7 fighter skidded off the airfield and nosed over. Guards Captain A. Klubov died within half an hour after the crash ...

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on June 27, 1945 Guards Captain Alexander F. Klubov was posthumously awarded a second Gold Star medal.

He was buried in Lvov on the Hill of Fame. On June 21, 2001 remains of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, A. Klubov was reburied at Vvedensky military cemetery in Vologda. In July 2003, a bust from the tomb of the Hero was stolen by scrap metal collectors, but a few months later was found in Moscow and returned to the Vologda administration.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, and the 1st Class Order of the Patriotic War.

In honor of the 90th anniversary of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, A. Klubov on January 18, 2008 in Vologda in Klubov street was unveiled a plaque on the wall of the sports complex “SportArt”.

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