Michael Tsiselsky

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Michael Petrovich Tsiselsky
Born (1909-05-20)May 20, 1909
Stoykovo, Russian Empire
Died November 3, 1989(1989-11-03) (aged 80)
Kiev, USSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1932—1938, 1939—1948
Rank Major
Battles/wars German-Soviet War
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin
Order of the Red Banner, 2 times
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
Order of the Red Star
Order of the October Revolution

Michael Petrovich Tsiselsky (Ukrainian: Михайло Петрович Цисельський Russian: Михаил Петрович Цисельский); May 20, 1909 – November 3, 1989) was a Soviet naval pilot during World War II (German-Soviet War).


Michael Tsiselsky was born May 20, 1909 (May 7 by old style) in Stoykovo (a village in the Katerynopil Raion of Cherkasy Oblast) in a peasant family. He was Ukrainian. He finished incomplete secondary school and specialized technical school. He lived in Ussuriysk from 1928. He repaired steam locomotives, and became a member of the All-Union Communist Party (bolsheviks) in 1932.

Tsiselsky joined the Red Army's Fourth Zabaykalsky cavalry regiment in 1932. He completed aircraft maintenance training at Irkutsky in 1934 and subsequently served in the Byelorussian command as an aircraft technician. He completed a naval aviation course at Yeisky in 1936 and then served in the Black Sea Fleet's naval aviation branch.

His first combat mission of the German-Soviet War took place on June 22, 1941. He participated in the destruction of a tank battalion in the Gros-Libental-Odessa district. On September 23, Tsiselsky and his unit sunk a heavy troop transport on the Dniester Liman and killing hundreds of Nazi soldiers and officers, as well as 15 tanks and 20 other vehicles in the Perekop-Sevastopol district in a separate action. For great services to the Motherland, Tsiselsky was awarded his first Order of the Red Banner.

Official document of Supreme Soviet to Hero of Soviet Union Tsiselsky M.P.
Captain M. Tsiselsky
July 1943

Tsiselsky was a Navigator in a bomber squadron of the Baltic Fleet's 12th Guards air regiment during the German-Soviet War and performed 396 successful combat missions for air reconnaissance and bombardment of enemy ships and troops. He destroyed three troop transports of 11000 tonnes displacement, several vehicle landing craft, motorboats, motor torpedo boat, 31 tanks, 20 cars, fuel storage tanks and 4 transport aircraft. He personally downed three fascist aircraft.

March 6, 1945 he was recognized as a Hero of Soviet Union by decree of the Supreme Soviet for exemplary fulfilment of battle orders on front of the German-Soviet War, and his fortitude and heroism.

Tsiselsky was demobilized as a Major in 1948. During 1948-1955 he worked as a kolkhoz head in a native village. He lived in Kiev from 1955 and worked as a foreman at the “Krasny Rezinschik’’ plant for the production of mechanical rubber goods.

Michael Petrovich Tsiselsky died on November 3, 1989 and he was buried in Kiev.



Wife — Maria Nikolaevna Tsiselska (maiden name— Tsupkina) (January 21, 1916 — June 12, 2004)


  • Daughter — Tamara Mihaylovna Tsiselska (married name — Ostrovska) (January 9, 1936 — March 28, 1993). Neurologist
  • Son — Albert Mihaylovich Tsiselsky (was born October 14, 1937). Engineer in nuclear-power engineering

Further reading

  • «Zorenosci» (Ukrainian: «Зореносці»). The book about Hero of the Soviet Union, who was born in the Cherkassy region. — Dnipropetrovsk, "Promin": 1971.
  • «The pilots of the Baltic are in the sky» (Russian: «В небе летчики Балтики»). The battle history of naval aviation of Baltic Fleet during the German-Soviet War. Memoirs, essais. — Tallinn, "Eesti Raamat": 1974.
  • «The wings of the Baltic: Articles and memoirs». (Russian: «Крылья Балтики: Статьи и воспоминания»). Golubev V.F., Kalinichenko A.F. - compilers. — Kaliningrad "Publishing house": 1979.
  • "The Gold Stars of Primorye" (Russian: «Золотые Звезды Приморья»). — Vladivostok: 1983, p. 236—239.
  • Kuznetsov I.I. "The Residents's of Irkutsk Gold Stars" (Russian: «Золотые Звезды иркутян»). — Irkutsk: 1982, p. 299—303.
  • "They defended a peace" (Russian: «Они отстояли мир»). — Dnipropetrovsk, "Promin": 1985, p. 336—338.

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