Podpolkovnik Yakov Leontievich Ovodov HSU
5 November 1916 – 9 September 1999
|18/07/42||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|21/07/43||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||1st|
|26/04/44||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|30/07/44||Order of the Red Banner||3rd|
|15/05/46||Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union||#7009|
|15/05/46||Order of Lenin|
|??/??/53||Order of the Red Star|
|11/03/85||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class||2nd|
Ovodov was born on 5 November 1916 (according to other sources on 20 October 1917) in Mordovskiy Karay in the Saratov area.
He entered the army in 1938, graduating from the Borisoglebsk Military Air College.
Mladshiy leitenant Ovodov was first posted to the front in February 1942 after having been posted to the 133 IAP. This regiment was still equipped with Polikarpov I-153s.
Between June and September 1942, 133 IAP re-equipped with Yak-7Bs.
Later he was taken off operations to attend an advanced course.
He quickly rose to starshiy leitenant and saw considerable fighting at Kursk.
On 11 July 1943, he claimed two FW 190s.
On 19 July, he was leading a fighter sweep of Yak-7Bs when they engaged a force of 27 Ju 87s between Oleshnya-Bortnoye, eight of these being shot down.
133 IAP engaged Ju 87s and FW 190s on 21 July in the Spasskoye area. Ovodov claimed one FW 190 south of Spasskoye, a second west of Spasskoye and a Ju 87 over Spasskoye while Nikolay Glazov claimed one Ju 87 as a shared together with another pilot west of Spasskoye and a FW 190 south-west of Konstantinovka.
On 14 August, the 133 IAP was placed in the reserve and started to re-equip with Yak-9Ts and was again activated on 1 October 1943.
On 28 October, Ovodov claimed one FW 190 south-west of Loyev while Nikolay Glazov claimed a second north-west of the village.
On 17 August 1944, 133 IAP started to receive Yak-3s and the first combat missions with this new type was flown on 1 September.
Later in the war, as a major he was deputy commander of the 133 IAP.
He took part in the Vistula-Oder campaign (12 January – 3 February 1945) and participated in the action surrounding the Küstrin bridgeheads.
Between 6-8 March, he claimed two victories, including a single on 6 March while leading six Yak-3s on an escort for four 174 GShAP Il-2s when they became embroiled in a dogfight with twelve FW 190s. In all, five German fighters were destroyed for no losses.
Ovodov closed his scoring in the final clashes over Berlin.
In April 1945, he became deputy Division Commander of 234 IAD.
Ovodov ended the war with 3 biplane victories and a total of 20 victories.
These had been claimed during 230 combat missions and 76 air combats.
He was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (#7009) and the Order of Lenin on 15 May 1946.
He remained in the Air Force until 1954, when he retired as a podpolkovnik, then living in Kiev.
Ovodov died on 9 September 1999.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||01/03/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-153||NW Tulumchak||133 IAP|
|2||01/03/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||I-153||Arabat||133 IAP|
|3||19/03/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||I-153||Karpech||133 IAP|
|4||23/10/42||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Karpech||133 IAP|
|5||10/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Ponyri, Kursk||133 IAP|
|6||11/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Ponyri, Kursk||133 IAP|
|7||11/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Ponyri, Kursk||133 IAP|
|8||19/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-7B||133 IAP|
|9||21/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||S Spasskoye||133 IAP|
|10||21/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-7B||W Spasskoye||133 IAP|
|11||21/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-7B||Spasskoye||133 IAP|
|12||28/10/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9T||SW Loew||133 IAP|
|13||16/12/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-9T||W Lyady||133 IAP|
|14||10/01/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9T||Podosinochki||133 IAP|
|15||27/02/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9T||NE Rogachev||133 IAP|
|16||19/02/45||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-3||E Klempin||133 IAP|
|17||06/03/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-3||Stettin||133 IAP|
|18||08/03/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-3||NE Dobberfeld||133 IAP|
|19||09/03/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-3||NW Neu-Brücken||133 IAP|
|20||29/04/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-3||W Nauen||133 IAP|
Biplane victories: 3 destroyed.
TOTAL: 20 destroyed.
All aces of Stalin 1936–1953 – Mikhail Bykov, 2014
Soviet Aces 1936-1953
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Stalin's Falcons - Tomas Polak and Christhoper Shores, 1999 Grub Street, London, ISBN 1-902304-01-2
Additional information kindly provided Ondrej Repka.