Nurken Abdirov

Nurken Abdirovich Abdirov (Kazakh: Нүркен Әбдіров/Núrken Ábdirov, Russian: Нуркен Абдирович Абдиров; 9 August 1919 – 19 December 1942) was a Kazakh pilot considered a war hero by the Soviet Union in World War II, and was killed in the Battle of Stalingrad.[1]

Nurken Abdirov
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Born9 August 1919
Karaganda, Alash Autonomy (now Kazakhstan)
Died19 December 1942(1942-12-19) (aged 23)
Stalingrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchSoviet Air Force
Years of service1940 – 1942
RankSergeant
Unit808th Attack Aviation Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Statue of Abdirov in his home city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan

BiographyEdit

Abdirov is a legendary figure in his hometown of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. According to local history, when Abdirov's plane was disabled by enemy fire, he and gunner Aleksandr Komissarov heroically steered his descent to crash into a column of German tanks, sacrificing his own life to destroy his enemy.[1]

On 31 March 1943, Abdirov was posthumously made Hero of the Soviet Union.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Абдиров Нуркен" [Abdirov Nurken]. www.warheroes.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ Указ Президиума Верховного Совета СССР «О присвоении звания Героя Советского Союза начальствующему и рядовому составу Красной Армии» от 31 марта 1943 года // Ведомости Верховного Совета Союза Советских Социалистических Республик : газета. — 1943. — 9 апреля (№ 14 (220)). — С. 1