In June 1941, Zavgorodniy belonged to the 123 IAP of the 10 SmAD.
The regiment was based at Imenin on 22 June 1941 flying Polikarpov I-153s. During the first day of the war the unit claimed more than 20 victories while losing nine of their own in air combats. Pilots flew as many as 10-14 sorties, in one case even 17 sorties were reported during the day.
Zavgorodniy claimed two victories during the first day of the war. The second of his two claims was for an enemy bomber. He was also wounded in one of his legs during the day’s combat.
Zavgorodniy ended the war with 2 victories claimed while flying biplanes.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||22/06/41||1||Enemy aircraft||Destroyed||I-153||Imenin area||123 IAP|
|2||22/06/41||1||Enemy bomber||Destroyed||I-153||Imenin area||123 IAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed.
Aerohobby No.1'94, kindly via Alexey Andreev
Stalin's Eagles - Hans D. Seidl, 1998 Schiffer Publishing, ISBN 0-7643-0476-3
Additional information kindly provided by Yuri Shakhov.