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 Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova

Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova

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Death 28 Apr 1993 (aged 83)
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 100373511 · View Source
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Soviet pilot, member of one of the record flights, the participant of the Great Patriotic War, the first woman awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Socialist Labor. She was a daughter of a Russian aircraft designer, inventor and aviator Stepan Grizodubova. She was born in Kharkov, (this true birth date is set by museum Grizodubova in Kharkov; Already at 2.5, Valentine took to the skies in his father's airplane from Kharkov airport, tied to his father straps. At 14, she made ​​the first flight in a glider in Koktebel glider at the rally. After graduating from high school, entered the Kharkov Institute of Technology. Parallel graduated from School of Music in piano and was admitted to the Conservatory. She graduated from the flying club for three months. To continue learning flying skills in Kharkov was not possible, and Grizodubova, leaving the Institute, came to the 1st flight Tula sports school Osoaviahima. In 1929 she entered the Penza School instructor pilot. In October of 1937 established five world aviation records for light airplanes. On 24-25 September 1938 as commander of the crew, together with P.D. Asipenka and MM Raskovoy by plane "Rodina" (ANT-37) made ​​a non-stop flight from Moscow to the Far East, having established the International Women's distance record (for 26 hours and 29 minutes covered a distance of 6450 km). In 1941 joined the Communist Party (Bolshevik). Led the Antifascist Committee of Soviet Women. Member commission to investigate the crimes of the Nazis (1942). During World War II, from March 1942 to October 1943, commanded regiments of 101 long-range aircraft (ADD). On May 1943 personally flew about 200 sorties (including 132 - night) to Li-2 aircraft to bomb enemy targets, to deliver ammunition and military supplies to the front lines and to support communication with guerrilla groups. In 1943 he was awarded the rank of colonel.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 8 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100373511
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova (10 May 1909–28 Apr 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100373511, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .