Mikhail Vasilyevich Vodopyanov

Mikhail Vasilyevich Vodopyanov

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Death 11 Aug 1980 (aged 80)
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 99019793 · View Source
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Soviet aircraft pilot, one of the first Heroes of the Soviet Union, and a Major General of the Soviet Air Force. He was born in Studyonka village (now part of Lipetsk). He volunteered for the Red Army in 1919 and took part in the Russian Civil War. Initially, he was a driver in an air unit. From 1925 he trained as an aircraft mechanic, and in 1928 he became a pilot himself. He then worked in state commercial aviation on long distances, first flying to Sakhalin. From 1931 he also worked for the Pravda newspaper, distributing its matrix from Moscow to other cities by the air. In 1934, he participated in the Arctic rescue operation of the crew of the sunken steamship Cheliuskin on the frozen Chukchi Sea. He was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for this deed on April 20, 1934, as one of the 7 first recipients of the title. Then, he commanded an expedition of four Tupolev TB-3 aircraft, being the first to land on the North Pole on May 21, 1937, carrying parts and crew for an Arctic station. During World War II, after July 1941, he was the commander of the long range bomber division, named the 81st Special Purpose Air Division. He commanded the first Soviet air raid on Berlin on August 10/11, 1941. After the war, in 1946 he was discharged from armed forces, and turned to writing in Moscow. He was awarded the Order of Lenin and Order of the Red Banner four times each and the Order of the Patriotic War 1st class.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 16 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 99019793
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mikhail Vasilyevich Vodopyanov (18 Nov 1899–11 Aug 1980), Find a Grave Memorial no. 99019793, citing Troekurov Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .