Alexander Molodchy

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Alexander Ignatyevich Molodchy
Russian: Алекса́ндр Игна́тьевич Моло́дчий
Ukrainian: Олександр Гнатович Молодчий
Alexander Molodchy.jpg
Born 27 June 1920
Luhansk,
Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Died 9 June 2002(2002-06-09) (aged 81)
Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Soviet Long Range Aviation
Years of service 1937—1965
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union

Alexander Ignatyevich Molodchy (Russian: Алекса́ндр Игна́тьевич Моло́дчий; Ukrainian: Олександр Гнатович Молодчий, Oleksandr Hnatovych Molodchyi; born on 27 June 1920 – died on 9 June 2002), was a famous pilot of the Soviet Long Range Aviation.

He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on two separate occasions (22 October 1941 and 31 December 1942).[1] Molodchy was the most effective pilot of Long Range Aviation in the Soviet Union during the World War II. He conducted 311 combat flights (including 287 night flights).[2] Molodchy participated in many bombardments of strategic military facilities of Nazi Germany. His combat mileage reached 600 thousand kilometers. He dropped more than 200 thousand tons of bombs on different military and industrial facilities of the enemy.

The Russian heavy strategic bomber Tupolev Tu-160 (hull No 07) was named «Alexander Molodchy» in honour of pilot.[3]

Awards and Decorations

Soviet Awards
Hero of the Soviet Union medal.pngHero of the Soviet Union medal.png Twice Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin ribbon bar.png Three Orders of Lenin
Order of Red Banner ribbon bar.png Order of the Red Banner, two times
Order of Alexander Nevsky 2010 ribbon.svg Order of Alexander Nevsky
Order gpw1 rib.png Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class
Order redstar rib.png Order of the Red Star
20YearsServiceUSSRRibbon.png Medal "For Impeccable Service", 1st class
CombatRibbon.png Medal "For Military Merit"
MilitaryVeteranRibbon.png Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Defleningrad.png Medal "For the Defence of Leningrad"
Defstalingrad.png Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad"
Ribbon bar for the medal for the Defense of Moscow.png Medal "For the Defence of Moscow"
Capturekoenigsberg rib.png Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"
Caputureberlin rib.png Medal "For the Capture of Berlin"
OrderStGeorge4cl rib.png Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
20 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
30 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
40 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
50 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "50 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
60 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
30 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy"
40 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
50 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
60 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
100 lenin rib.png Jubilee Medal "For MIlitary Valour in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
Soviet 250th Anniversary Of Leningrad Ribbon.jpg Medal "In Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Leningrad"


Foreign Awards
60px Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, 2nd and 3rd class (Ukraine)
OrdenZnam.png Order of the Red Banner (Mongolian People's Republic)

References

  1. Heroes of the Soviet Union. Small dictionary of military biographies, Moscow, 1987.
  2. Объединенный сайт авиаторов (United Aviators). Great Aviators at www.hilvvs.com, 16.06.2010, 08:50.
  3. Allaces.ru.

External links