32. Zubkova, Antonina
or Antonina L. Zubkov, navigator 587th/125th GvBAP
(1920 - 1950)
Heroine of the Soviet Union - 125th Squadron pilot GvBAP
Born October 12, 1920 in the village of Ryazan Semyon in a peasant family. After high school she went to study mathematics and physics at the university. The war started when she was in third grade.
In October 1941 she enrolled in the Red Airforce. Her focus as a pilot for the 125th Guards bomber aviation regiment was the bomber Pe-2. On the front she came in April 1943 when the Regiment "Night Witches" went from Stalingrad to the Baltic Sea. She flew with the squadron commander NF Fedutěnkovou. At the end of the war she had an account of 50 combat sorties. After the war, August 18, 1945, she was awarded the Gold Star of Hero of the Soviet Union.
After the war, AL Zubkov finished college and then went to study at the Military Aviation Academy Žukovského NO. November 13, 1950, she died tragically; she was 30 years old only.
33. Dzhunkovskaia, Galina, Major
or Galina I. Džunkovskaja
Heroine of the Soviet Union - aviatress 125th Squadron Guards bomber aviation regiment
Born on 6th October 1922 in a village not far from Jukovka Stavišenska in a peasant family. During her childhood and youth she lived in Grozny, where in 1938 she finished secondary medical school. In 1941 she went to Moscow to study at the Moscow Aviation Institute, joined the Red Army in 1942 and completed the courses of military pilots in the town of Engels. On the front she came in January 1943 and participated in the fighting groups Donského, Severokavkazského, West, 3rd Belarus and the first Baltic Front. Twice she was wounded, but always returned to her squadron. To her credit she had 62 combat sorties, 5 aerial victories and together with MI Dolina she was involved in shooting down two enemy machines. She received the Gold Star Hero of the Soviet Union August 18, 1945.
After the war she served in the Far East and in 1949 got the rank of Major. In 1951 she ended at Kirovograd Regional Pedagogical Institute and then taught high school English. She became a member of the Company's management of the Soviet-Dutch friendship and a member of the International Commission of the Soviet War Veterans Committee. She died September 12, 1985, in Moscow.
34. Khomyakova, Valeria Ivanovna, Lieutenant
or Valery I. Chomjakova
Lieutenant Valeria Ivanovna Khomyakova was the first woman pilot in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft at night. It was a German Junkers Ju88 bomber, September 3, 1942.
Valery I. Chomjakova - aviatress 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment
(1914 - 1942)
Born in 1914 in an engineer's family in Moscow. She graduated from technical college and then Chemical Technology Institute, while learning to fly at an Aero Club, later as a flying teacher. Before volunteering for the Red Air Force, she was an engineer at the Frunze plant in Moscow and still a flying instructor in the Aero Club.
November 15, 1941 she came to the unit of Marina M. Raskova, but she wanted to become a fighter and so she went to the school for pilots in the city of Engels. She reached the front in spring of 1942, already a deputy commander of the squadron. With her aircraft Yak-1 she participated in the fighting over Saratov, where the first woman-fighter shot down an enemy bomber. It was a Ju-88 and it happened on 24 September 1942.
Two weeks later, Valery Chomjakova died in October 6, 1942. The newspapers wrote that she was in an air combat with superior enemy forces. Only many years later it was revealed that she died in a banal accident, when after a night of heavy fighting, dead tired, she fell asleep during her last flight.
35. Sumarokova, Tatiana Nikolaevna
September, 16, 1922 - Mai 28, 1997, 588th (46th)
Heroine of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant
Her fate before the war is not known. She had over 500 sorties as navigator of the 588th regiment, from the Caucasus to Berlin. She was honored with six Soviet orders and medals and proposed to award the Golden Star of the Hero of the USSR, but for unknown reasons she did not get it before the end of the war.
After the war she studied journalism at the Moscow Institute and for many years she worked for the magazine "Sport and physical education" and "Soviet patriot." At the same time she was a member of the Committee of Soviet-Portuguese friendship.
October 11, 1995 she received the Gold Star Hero of the Russian Federation.
To be continued with the history of the three "female" regiments of the Red Air Force......