Podpolkovnik Andrey Andreyevich Fedotov HSU
16 October 1914 – 15 December 1943
Andrey Fedotov was born in 16 October 1914.
He joined the Army in 1935 and graduated from Orenburg Military Aviation School of pilots in 1938.
Mladshiy leytenant Fedotov took part in the Finnish-Soviet Winter War from December 1939 to February 1940, serving in 49 IAP and flying Polikarpov I-16s with this unit.
On 21 January, kapitan V. F. Lyubchenko and mladshiy leytenant Fedotov claimed a shared Blenheim over Loimolanjärvi.
On 19 May 1940, he was decorated with the Order of the Red Banner.
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, starshiy leytenant Gorbunov served in 2./49 IAP. This unit was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
In August 1941, he was posted to 169 IAP, which was equipped with MiG-3s.
On 27 December 1941, he was decorated with the Order of Lenin.
He was decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 31 January 1943.
On 5 March 1943, mayor Fedotov claimed a Ju 87 over Galuzino.
The La-5s from 169 IAP also claimed two Bf 109s over Barskiye Kuliki. One of these was claimed by Fedotov and the second by starshiy leytenant Pavel Grazhdaninov.
Starshiy leytenant Pavel Grazhdaninov was killed in air combat during the day (same mission?) and at the time of his death, he had made 58 sorties, taken part in 28 air battles, in which he personally shot down 13 enemy aircraft. Grazhdaninov was posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 1 May 1943.
The 169 IAP became a guard’s unit on 18 March 1943, when they were renamed 63 GIAP.
On 1 May 1943, he was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 967) and a second Order of Lenin.
By this time, he had taken part in 160 combat missions.
He was decorated with the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy on 31 July 1943.
Fedotov became CO of 63 GIAP on 13 August 1943.
Podpolkovnik Fedotov was shot down and killed in air combat near Vitebsk, Belarus, on 15 December 1943.
At the time of his death, Fedotov was credited with 2 biplane victories and a total of 20.
These had been claimed in more than 200 combat missions.
Posthumously, he was decorated with a second Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class on 6 July 1944.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||He 111||Destroyed||I-153||W Dvinsk||2./49 IAP|
|2||24/06/41||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-153||Liksna airfield||2./49 IAP|
|3||16/10/41||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||MiG-3||Chudovo||169 IAP|
|18/10/41||1/6||Hs 126||Shared destroyed||MiG-3||Selishche||169 IAP|
|4||25/10/41||1||He 111||Destroyed||MiG-3||Torbino Station||169 IAP|
|5||16/12/42||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||Ploskaya||169 IAP|
|6||29/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Yeremeyevo||169 IAP|
|7||29/12/42||1||”FW 198”||Destroyed||La-5||W Novosokol'niki||169 IAP|
|8||30/12/42||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||Olokhovo||169 IAP|
|9||05/03/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||Galuzino||169 IAP|
|10||05/03/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Barskiye Kuliki||169 IAP|
|11||07/03/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||Ust'ye||169 IAP|
|12||07/03/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Ust'ye||169 IAP|
|13||07/03/43||1||He 111||Destroyed||La-5||Gryaznyye Kuliki||169 IAP|
|14||09/03/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||Slugino||169 IAP|
|15||12/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||N Setukha||63 GIAP|
|16||20/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||Spasskoye - Somovo||63 GIAP|
|17||22/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||Domnino Station||63 GIAP|
|18||22/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||S Subbotinskiy||63 GIAP|
|19||23/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||W Bunino||63 GIAP|
|20||15/12/43||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||La-5||Bukakino||63 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 20 and 2 shared destroyed.
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