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GRIGORY YAKOVLEVICH BAKHCHIVANDZHI-Hero of the Soviet Union|
Born on February 7 (February 20, new style), 1908  or 1909 He was born in the village of Brinkovskaya in the Primorsko-Akhtarsky district of the Krasnodar Territory, where he graduated from seven classes of school. Greek by birth.
He began his career in 1925, in the city of Primorsko-Akhtarsk, where he worked in a foundry, then as an assistant locomotive driver in the depot of the Akhtari station.
In 1927, he moved to the city of Mariupol, Donetsk region of the Ukrainian SSR, where he participated in the construction of the "Ilyich Plant" and later worked on it as a pipe-rolling fitter of the open-hearth shop. In 1931, the IX Congress of the Komsomol took over the patronage of the Red Army Air Force and Komsomol member Grigory Bakhchivandzhi, fulfilling the decision of the congress, voluntarily asked to join the aviation.
Since 1931, in the ranks of the Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army (Red Army). Member of the CPSU (b) since 1932. In 1933, he graduated from the Aviation Technical School, and in 1934 — from the Orenburg Pilot School. In 1935, after graduating from the Orenburg School of pilots, Grigory Yakovlevich joined the regiment. He demonstrates excellent piloting technique, shows deep knowledge of the aircraft, high physical fitness. For an exemplary display of piloting techniques and deep knowledge of aviation technology, the pilot is sent to the Research Institute of the Red Army Air Force (NII VVS) for flight test work. At first, the pilot worked on reconnaissance aircraft, then on fighter planes. After some time, he was assigned to conduct tests of new aircraft engines in flight.
With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, in 1941, the pilot voluntarily goes to the front as part of the 402nd IAP, formed on the basis of the Air Force Research Institute, fighter pilot. Participated in the defense of Moscow. He made sixty-five sorties on the MiG-3 aircraft, conducted 26 air battles. I personally shot down 2 enemy planes and 3 in a group.
Date Type of downed aircraft Comment
In a group with A. G. Proshakov
In a group with Kozhevnikov
In the group with P. H. Ananekov and Zharov
In August 1941, the pilot was awarded the military rank of "captain" and he was seconded to the base of the Air Force Research Institute in the city of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), to test the first jet fighter BI-1.
On October 17, 1942, Bakhchivanzhi was awarded the First Order of Lenin for his courage and heroism at the front.