Podpolkovnik Georgiy Ivanovich Agafonov
|29/01/42||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|11/03/44||Order of the Red Star|
|25/10/45||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|25/03/46||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||1st|
|03/11/85||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||2nd|
Georgiy Agafonov was born in 1910 in the city of Bukhara (Uzbekistan).
In 1929, he joined the Red Army and the Navy.
Agafonov took part in the Soviet-Japanese conflict in Lake Khasan (July-August 1938) as part of the 14 IAP-TOF (the Air Force of the Pacific Fleet). He flew Polikarpov I-15bis but wasn’t credited with any air victories.
From August 1941, starshiy leitenant Agafonov served as CO of 87 OIAE-ChF of the Air Force of the Baltic Fleet (otdelnaya aviaeskadrilya - independent air squadron). This eskadrilya was equipped with Polikarpov I-15bis and I-16s.
On 7 October, he claimed two Bf 110s and two Ju 88s during two sorties against raiders on Mariupol.
He was lightly wounded in air combat on 22 April 1942.
On 11 August, he was again wounded in air combat after having claimed two Ju 88s between Dubininskiy and Balka Dubovaya.
He was wounded in both legs and this time the wounds were more serious requiring hospitalisation until September.
In January 1944, he was posted to 7 IAP-ChF. This regiment was equipped with Kittyhawks.
Already in April 1944, he was posted to 62 IAP-ChF, which was equipped with LaGG-3s and Kittyhawks.
From 16 September 1944, the regiment was no longer operational after that the war had moved away from the Black Sea region.
Agafonov ended the war with 4 biplane victories and a total of 6.
These had been claimed during 179 combat missions (as of October 1944).
Podpolkovnik Agafonov continued to serve in the Air Force of the Black Sea after the war.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||07/10/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-15bis||Mariupol’ port||87 OIAE-ChF|
|2||07/10/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-15bis||Mariupol’ port||87 OIAE-ChF|
|3||07/10/41||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||I-15bis||E Mariupol’||87 OIAE-ChF|
|4||07/10/41||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||I-15bis||Veselo -Voznesensk||87 OIAE-ChF|
|5||11/08/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-16||Dubininskiy - Balka Dubovaya||87 OIAE-ChF|
|6||11/08/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-16||Dubininskiy - Balka Dubovaya||87 OIAE-ChF|
Biplane victories: 4 destroyed.
TOTAL: 6 destroyed.
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