Starshiy Leitenant Vasiliy Vasil'yevich Migunov HSU
11 January 1918 – 31 March 1942
|22/10/41||Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union||No. 628|
|22/10/41||Order of Lenin|
Vasiliy Migunov was born on 11 January 1918.
He graduated from Odessa Flight School in 1938.
When Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, leitenant Migunov served in 29 IAP. This regiment was equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
It seems that leitenants Vasiliy Khitrin and Migunov claimed a shared He 111 on 29 July 1941.
On 2 October, 29 IAP claimed at least two Hs 126. It seems that leitenants Vasiliy Khitrin and Migunov claimed one shared together while the second was claimed ”in group”.
29 IAP claimed a FW 189 shot down ”in group” on 4 October. It seems that two of the pilots involved were leitenants Vasiliy Khitrin and Migunov.
Migunov was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin on 22 October 1941.
29 IAP became a guard’s unit on 6 December 1941 and renamed to 1 GIAP.
1 GIAP was reorganized between 9 December 1941 and 8 January 1942 and re-equipped with Hawker Hurricanes.
On 31 March 1942, starshiy leitenant Migunov was killed while performing a ”taran” ramming attack on a Ju 88 near Budovo.
The cause of his loss didn’t become known until post-war.
At the time of his death, Migunov was credited with 5 shared biplane victories and a total of 1.
This had been claimed during 170 combat missions.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|29/07/41||1/2||He 111||Shared destroyed||I-153||North-Western Front||29 IAP|
|02/10/41||1/2||He 126||Shared destroyed||I-153||Western Front||29 IAP|
|02/10/41||1/?||He 126||Shared destroyed||I-153||Western Front||29 IAP|
|04/10/41||1/?||FW 189||Shared destroyed||I-153||Western Front||29 IAP|
|28/10/41||1/2||Bf 109||Shared destroyed||I-153||Western Front||29 IAP|
|31/03/42||1||Ju 88 (a)||Destroyed||Hurricane||nr Budovo||1 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 5 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 5 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in a ”taran” ramming attack.
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