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Vasily Osipov
Vasily Osipov30. 12. 1917 - 16. 7. 1991

Vasily Osipov was a bomber pilot of the 81st Aviation Regiment, deputy squadron commander of the 5th Guards Aviation Regiment.

He was born on December 30, 1917 in Petrograd (since 1991 - Saint-Petersburg) in a working-class family. Russian.

Joined the Red Army in 1937. In 1940 he graduated from Chkalov Military Aviation School.

During the Great Patriotic War, V. Osipov participated in the battles on the South and South-Western Fronts. He was a flight commander, deputy commander and squadron commander of the long-range aircraft. A member of the CPSU (B) since 1942.

Only in the period from March 1, 1942 to November 1943 he made 267 sorties at night and 8 – in the afternoon. In total, during the war he flew about 400 combat sorties. His crew destroyed a lot of military equipment and manpower.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet dated 20 June 1942, Vasily N. Osipov was awarded the honorary title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (# 691).

By the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on March 13, 1944 Deputy squadron commander of the 5th Guards Aviation Regiment, Guards Captain Vasily Osipov was awarded the second Gold Star medal.

After the Great Patriotic War V. Osipov graduated from the highest officer tactical flight school, and then took a number of command positions in the Air Force. Since 1954, for health reasons he was in reserve, lived and worked in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), where he died on July 16, 1991. He was buried at the South Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin (1942), two Orders of the Red Banner (1941, 1943), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1945), the 1st Class Order of the Patriotic War (1985), and medals.

A bronze bust of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, V. Osipov was installed in the Walk of Heroes of the Moscow Victory Park of Hero City of Leningrad in St. Petersburg.
 



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