Chronicle of war:

Evgeny Kungurtsev
Evgeny Kungurtsev3.10.1921 - 11.5.2000

Evgeny Kungurtsev was flight and squadron commander of the 15th Guards Ground Attack Aviation Regiment of the 277th assault aviation division.

He was born on October 3, 1921 in Izhevsk (Udmurtia) in a working class family. Russian. A member of the CPSU (B) since 1943. He graduated from junior high school in 1939, joined the Red Army in 1940. In 1942, he graduated from Balashov military pilots flying school.

Participated in the Great Patriotic War since February 1943. Fought on Leningrad and the 3rd Belorussian Fronts was a pilot, senior pilot, flight commander, deputy commander and squadron commander of the 15th Guards Ground Attack Aviation Regiment.

By October 1944 commander of the 15th regiment of the Guards Assault Regiment (the 277th Assault Air Division, the 13th Air Army of the Leningrad Front) Guards Lieutenant E. Kungurtsev made 176 sorties, shot down one enemy plane and six – in a group.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on February 23, 1945 for combat exploits, courage and bravery, Guards Lieutenant Kungurtsev was awarded the honorary title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 6233).

By mid-February 1945 the squadron commander of the 15th Guards Assault Regiment (the 1st Air Force, the 3rd Belorussian Front) Guards Senior Lt., E. Kungurtsev made 210 combat missions to explore and attack base stations, airports, clusters of the enemy troops and equipment, inflicting considerable damage; downed an enemy plane. In March 1945, when he was seriously wounded, E. Kungurtsev was captured, escaped and returned to his unit.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on April 19, 1945 for new combat feats Guards Senior Lt., Evgeny Kungurtsev was awarded the second Gold Star medal (№ 42).

After the war he was inspector-pilot of a unit, commander of the regiment and division. In 1952, Colonel E. Kungurtsev graduated from the Air Force Academy, and in 1957 - General Staff Military Academy.

Since 1968, E. Kungurtsev - in reserve, and then retired. He lived in Berdyansk where he died on May 11, 2000.

Air Force Major General (1964). He was awarded the Order of Lenin (February 23, 1945), four Orders of the Red Banner (10/12/43, 06/17/44, 08/02/44, 02/22/68), 3rd Class Orders of Bogdan Khmelnitsky (№ 2217 dated 03/14/45), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (№ 11984 dated 11/02/44), the 1st Class Order of the Patriotic War (04/06/85), the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (06/04/81), two Orders of the Red Star (07/26/43, 12/30/56), and medals.

A bronze bust of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, E. Kungurtsev was installed at his home - in Izhevsk, a monument - in Berdyansk, Zaporozhye region. A street in Votkinsk (Udmurtia) was named after him.
 



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