Ivan Doronin

Colonel Ivan Vasilyevich Doronin (Russian: Иван Васильевич Доронин; 5 May [O.S. 22 April] 1903 – 2 February 1951, Moscow) was a Soviet pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union (April 20, 1934).

Ivan Doronin
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Born5 May [O.S. 22 April] 1903
Kamenka, Samara Governorate, Russian Empire
Died2 February 1951(1951-02-02) (aged 47)
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchSoviet Air Force
Years of service1920 - 1947
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Order of Lenin (2)
Order of Red Banner
Order of the Patriotic War
Order of Red Star


Doronin was born on 5 May [O.S. 22 April] 1903 in Kamenka, Nikolayevsky Uezd, Samara Governorate (now Pugachyovsky District, Saratov Oblast) to a Russian peasant family. He volunteered for the navy (Baltic Fleet) in 1920 and in 1924 he was assigned to Yegoryevsk Aviation Theorethical School. He graduated from the Sevastopol Flying School in 1925 and then served as a navy pilot in the Black Sea Fleet, later as instructor in naval aviation school [1]. In 1930, Ivan Doronin joined the civil aviation in the Russian North. He was a crew commander at a line Irkutsk-Yakutsk-Bodaybo. He participated in exploration of Kara Sea. Doronin was the first to fly over Verkhoyansk Range, he has mapped a line from Irkutsk to Ust-Srednekan.

In 1934, he took part in the rescue of the Chelyuskin steamship crew from an improvised airstrip on the frozen surface of the Chukchi Sea, for which he would be awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.[2] In 1939 he graduated from Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. Later in his life, Ivan Doronin headed experimental flight stations at Aircraft Factory №1 and Aircraft Factory №301. In 1947, he retired due to his illness.[1]

He died at February 2, 1951. Ivan Doronin is buried in Moscow, at Novodevichy Cemetery.

Ivan Doronin was also awarded the Order of Lenin.


  • Streets were named after Doronin in Astrakhan, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Yaroslavl, Sevastopol.
  • A post mark was issued in 1935 to commemorate Ivan Doronin.
  • A river ship was named after him.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Доронин Иван Васильевич". www.warheroes.ru. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  2. ^ Mills, William J. (2003-01-01). Exploring Polar Frontiers: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 603–604. ISBN 9781576074220. Retrieved 11 June 2013.