Polkovnik Vasiliy Vladimirovich Zaytsev HSU
18 April 1920 – 20 April 2001
|17/10/42||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|21/12/43||Order of the Red Star||1st|
|08/08/44||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|05/04/45||Order of the Red Banner||3rd|
|27/06/45||Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union||No. 6060|
|27/06/45||Order of Lenin|
|13/06/52||Medal ”For Military Merit”|
|30/12/56||Order of the Red Star||2nd|
|11/03/85||Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class|
Vasiliy Zaytsev was born in Muravka on 18 April 1920.
He joined the VVS on 20 December 1937 and in 1938, he graduated from Voroshilovgrad Military Aviation Pilot School.
He served in 82 IAP of the Air Force of the Transcaucasian Military District.
From 10 December 1941, mladshiy leitenant Zaysev served in 482 IAP and he was to remain in this regiment until the end of the war.
Initially he flew Polikarpov I-153s on the North Caucasian Front.
Between 16 September 1942 and 10 December 1942, the regiment retrained on LaGG-3s.
They retrained on La-5s between 27 February 1943 and 24 June 1943.
They returned to combat on 7 July 1943 as part of the Bryansk Front.
They were removed from combat on 21 August 1943 for retraining.
The regiment went back for combat operations on 17 October as part of the Kalinin Front (from 20 October the 1st Baltic Front).
Between 7 March 1944 and 19 June 1944, the regiment was in the reserve but on 20 June they returned to combat on the 3rd Belorussian Front.
On 10 September, the regiment again went back into the reserve before being committed to the 1st Ukrainian Front on 14 November 1944.
In December 1944, they received their first La-7s.
Major Zaytsev ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 16.
These had been claimed during 448 combat missions and 42 air combats.
On 27 June 1945, Zaytsev was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.
He continued to serve in the Air Force after the war and in 1957 he graduated from the Air Force Academy.
On 23 May 1964, polkovnik Zaytsev was placed in the reserve.
Zaytsev died on 20 April 2001.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||10/04/42||1||He 111||Destroyed||I-153||Novo-Titarovskaya||482 IAP|
|2||16/08/42||1||FW 189 (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Kurgannaya||482 IAP|
|3||03/03/44||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||S Lake Gusino||482 IAP|
|4||03/03/44||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-5||SW Lake Bratilovo||482 IAP|
|5||02/08/44||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||La-5||S Shirvindt||482 IAP|
|6||04/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||western outskirts of Stallupenen||482 IAP|
|7||15/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||S Shukli||482 IAP|
|8||17/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||Bulovlyany||482 IAP|
|9||17/01/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-5||Radonek||482 IAP|
|10||10/02/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-7||Neisdorf||482 IAP|
|11||15/02/45||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-7||Bernau||482 IAP|
|12||15/02/45||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||La-7||Bernau||482 IAP|
|13||17/02/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-7||SE Forst||482 IAP|
|14||19/02/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-7||Karen||482 IAP|
|15||19/04/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-7||Barzig||482 IAP|
|16||21/04/45||1||FW 190||Destroyed||La-7||E Kalau||482 IAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 16 destroyed.
(a) Not verified with Luftwaffe records.
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