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Boris SHCHAPOV was a pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union (1944, posthumously). He was born in February 17, 1921 in the family of a foundry worker. In 1939, he entered the Yaroslavl Aero Club, after which he was sent to the flight school among the best graduates.|
In the Red Army since 1940. He met the beginning of the Great Patriotic War as a cadet of the Balashov Military Aviation School. At the end of his studies, he asked to join the combat unit, but received a referral as an instructor pilot to the Orenburg (Chkalovsky) School of pilots.
In July 1943, he joined the 800th Assault Aviation Regiment of the 9th Guards Krasnogorsk Assault Aviation Division of the 1st Guards Kirovograd Assault Aviation Corps of the 5th Air Army. He received his baptism of Fire in the battles on the Kursk Bulge. He participated in the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania. He was killed in action on May 30, 1944, near Iasi, Romania.
By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of August 19, 1944, for the exemplary performance of the tasks of the command and for the courage and heroism shown in the battles against the Nazi invaders of the guard, Junior Lieutenant Boris Shchapov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.