General-Major Matvey Ivanovich Zotov HSU
29 November 1914 – 2 September 1970
|06/01/42||Order of the Red Banner||1st|
|09/02/43||Order of the Red Star||1st|
|29/04/43||Order of the Red Banner||2nd|
|28/09/43||Gold Star of the Hero of Soviet Union||No. 1097|
|28/09/43||Order of Lenin|
|23/07/44||Order of the Red Banner||3rd|
|22/02/45||Order of the Red Banner||4th|
|23/07/45||Order of Patriotic War, 1st Class||1st|
|??/??/50||Order of the Red Star||2nd|
|??/??/56||Order of the Red Banner||5th|
Matvey Zotov was born in Klekotki on 29 November 1914.
He joined the Red Army in 1935 and in 1937, he graduated from Odessa Military Aviation Pilot School.
On 13 July 1941, leitenant Zotov as posted to 8 IAP, which was equipped with I-16s.
On 20 Julyt, the I-16s from 8 IAP intercepted Do 215s over Yartsevo. Major Yakov Kurbatov, CO of 8 IAP, claimed two as shared ”in group” while leitenant Zotov claimed one as a shared with another pilot.
Major Kurbatov had claimed 8 IAP’s first victory five days earlier, on 15 July, in the same area.
In August, he was posted as CO of the fighter eskadrilya of 57 ShAP. This unit was equipped with I-153s and existed between 20 August and 15 November 1941.
In 1942, Zotov was transferred to 427 IAP where he served as eskadrilya CO. With this regiment, he flew Yak-1s.
He took part in combat on the South-Western, Kalinin and Voronezh Fronts.
On 24 June, 427 IAP was in combat in Topoli station area and Zotov claimed a Bf 110 south-west of the station while Anton Yakimenko claimed a Bf 109 north of the station and a Ju 88 west of the station.
On 28 September 1943, major Zotov was decorated with the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (no. 1097) and the Order of Lenin.
On 25 December 1943, major Zotov was appointed CO of 6 IAP.
On 2 July 1944, 6 IAP became a guard’s unit and renamed to 149 GIAP.
Podpolkovnik Zotov ended the war with 2 biplane victories and a total of 19.
These had been claimed during 265 combat missions and 60 air combats.
He continued to serve in air force after the war.
In January 1947, he left the command of 149 GIAP and was later in the same year appointed commander of the 151 GIAD. In 1953 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff.
In 1960, major-general Zotov was placed in the reserve.
He lived in Moscow and died on 2 September 1970.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|20/07/41||1/2||Do 215||Shared destroyed||I-16||Yartsevo||8 IAP|
|30/07/41||1/5||Ju 88||Shared destroyed||I-16||Gavrilovo||8 IAP|
|1||??/??/41||1||Ju 88 (a)||Destroyed||I-153||Western Front||57 ShAP|
|2||??/??/41||1||Bf 109 (b)||Destroyed||I-153||Western Front||57 ShAP|
|3||24/06/42||1||Bf 110||Destroyed||Yak-1||SE Topoli station||427 IAP|
|4||25/06/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||N Kupyansk||427 IAP|
|5||17/12/42||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||SW Velikiye Luki||427 IAP|
|6||10/03/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Semkina Groushka||427 IAP|
|7||10/03/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Burtsevo||427 IAP|
|8||11/05/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||W Karyernaya Station||427 IAP|
|9||06/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-1||SE Pokrovka||427 IAP|
|10||07/07/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||N Luchki||427 IAP|
|11||07/07/43||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-1||NW Luchki||427 IAP|
|12||07/07/43||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-1||W Luchki||427 IAP|
|13||09/07/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||SW Prokhorovka||427 IAP|
|14||09/07/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||Prokhorovka||427 IAP|
|15||07/10/43||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-1||W Domotkan||427 IAP|
|16||08/01/44||1||Ju 88||Destroyed||Yak-9||Oboznovka||6 IAP|
|17||30/03/44||1||Ju 87||Destroyed||Yak-9||E Bugulyany Station||6 IAP|
|18||03/06/44||1||Bf 109||Destroyed||Yak-9||SE Horlesti||6 IAP|
|19||22/08/44||1||FW 190||Destroyed||Yak-9||S Kocheshti||149 GIAP|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed.
TOTAL: 19 and 2 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed between 20 August and 15 November 1941. Victory is included only based on award material; it is not mentioned in operational and reporting documents.
(b) Claimed between 20 August and 15 November 1941. Victory is included only based on award material; it is not mentioned in operational and reporting documents.
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