|Alexander Yevgeniyevich Golovanov|
|Died||1975 (aged 70–71)|
|Place of birth||Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire|
|Place of death||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Years of service||1924 - 1953|
|Rank||Chief Marshal of Aviation|
|Commands held||18th Air Army|
Alexander Yevgeniyevich Golovanov (1904–1975) was a Soviet pilot. On August 3, 1943 he became a Marshal of Aviation (the youngest person in the history of the USSR to hold that rank) and on 19 August 1944 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Marshal of Aviation (the second after Alexander Novikov).
World War II[edit | edit source]
At the start of the German-Soviet War, he was the commander of the 212th Heavy Bomber Regiment, then commander of the 81st Long Range Bomber Division, subordinated to the Supreme Command Headquarters. The division led by him bombed, with his personal participation, enemy military facilities in Berlin, Königsberg, Gdańsk, Ploieşti and other cities. From February 1942 he was the commander of the long-range bomber force, which transformed into the 18th Air Army in December, 1944. The army's units delivered air strikes against the Axis' deep rear, supported ground forces during the East Prussian, Vienna and Berlin operations and fulfilled tasks to help the Partisans of Yugoslavia.
Honours and awards[edit | edit source]
- Two Orders of Lenin
- Three Orders of the Red Banner
- Three Orders of Suvorov 1st class
- Order of the Red Star
- Medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War" 1st class
- Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad"
- Medal "For the Defence of Moscow"
- Medal "For Courage"
- Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"
- Medal "For the Capture of Berlin"
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
References[edit | edit source]
- "Golovanov, Alexander Evgenevich". OnAirpower.org. http://www.onairpower.org/docs/Golovanov%2C_Alexander_Evgenevich. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
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