Konstantin Abazovsky

Konstantin Antonovich Abazovsky (Russian: Константин Антонович Абазовский; 1 October 1919 – 26 October 1944) was a lieutenant and flight commander in the 190th Attack Aviation Regiment. He was killed in a dogfight on the same day he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

Konstantin Antonovich Abazovsky
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Native name
Константин Антонович Абазовский
Born1 October 1919
Obukhovo village, Lepelsky Uyezd, Vitebsk Governorate, RSFSR
Died26 October 1944(1944-10-26) (aged 25)
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Air Force
Years of service1940–44
RankLieutenant
Unit190th Attack Aviation Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union

Early lifeEdit

Abazovsky was born on 1 October 1919 in the village of Obukhovo in the Lepel district of Vitebsk Governorate to a peasant family. He graduated from the Vitebsk Pedagogical Institute and was a history teacher in a junior high school in Plisa, Beshankovichy district. In 1940, Abazovsky was drafted into the Red Army.[1][2][3]

World War IIEdit

Abazovsky graduated from the Military Aviation School. He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1943. During the same year, he was sent to the front and flew on the North Caucasian Front and then on the Crimean Front. He flew with the 190th Attack Aviation Regiment. On 25 August, he was awarded the Order of the Red Star.[4] On 25 October, he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class.[5] On 29 April 1944, Abazovsky received the Order of the Red Banner.[6] On 6 May 1944, the flight commanded by Abazovsky reportedly shot down five German fighters, destroyed eight on the ground and destroyed two warehouses full of ammunition in Sevastopol. On 19 May, he was awarded the Order of the Red Star again for his actions.[7] By August 1944, Abazovsky was a flight commander in the regiment, attached to the 2nd Baltic Front. By this point in the war, he had made 106 sorties, reportedly destroying 11 tanks and three aircraft on the ground. On 26 October 1944, he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.[8] On the same day, Abazovsky was killed in a dogfight.[1][2][3] Abazovsky was awarded the Order of the Red Banner a second time on 28 October 1944.[9]

LegacyEdit

A school in Plisa is named after Abazovsky.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Абазовский Константин Антонович" [Abazovsky Konstantin Antonovich]. www.warheroes.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  2. ^ a b "Абазовский Константин Антонович" [Abazovsky Konstantin Ivanovich]. www.airwar.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  3. ^ a b Shkadov, Ivan, ed. (1987). Герои Советского Союза: Краткий биографический словарь [Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary] (in Russian). Vol. 1 Abaev-Lubitsch. Moscow: Voenizdat.
  4. ^ Order No. 26, 214th Assault Aviation Division, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  5. ^ Order No. 83, 4th Air Army, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  6. ^ Order No. 18, 4th Air Army, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  7. ^ Order No. 6, 214th Assault Aviation Division, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  8. ^ Heroes of the Soviet Union award list, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  9. ^ Order No. 94, 15th Air Army, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru