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RP77BQ
Geroyu Sovetskogo Soyuza, letchiku Borisu Schapovu

Yaroslavskaya oblast

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Shchapov Boris Dmitrievich (17.02.1921 - 30.05.1944)

Pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union.

He was born in the family of a foundry worker. In the early 1930s, he moved to Yaroslavl with his parents. After the 8th grade, I went to work at the factory. In 1939, he entered the Yaroslavl Aero Club, at the end of 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. After graduation, he asked for a combat unit, but received a referral as an instructor pilot to the Orenburg (Chkalovsky) school of pilots.

In July 1943, he arrived at the 800th Assault Aviation Regiment of the 9th Guards Krasnogorsk Assault Aviation Division. He received his baptism of fire in the battles on the Kursk Bulge. Already 2 weeks later , for 10 combat sorties on the ground attack during the July German offensive , the division commander handed ml .Lieutenant Shchapov received the first military award - the Order of the Patriotic War of the 2nd degree.

In May 1944, for his courage and dedication, for his constant heroism in the battles during the liberation of Soviet Ukraine, the regiment's command presented Junior Lieutenant Shchapov to the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. On May 16, 1944, the award list for B. Shchapov was signed by the commander of the 5th Air Army, Colonel-General of Aviation Goryunov, and the list went to the front headquarters.

On May 30, 1944, in a battle over Romania, Shchapov's plane was shot down and exploded during the fall, the pilot and the shooter were killed. The title of Hero was awarded posthumously.