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I want to tell you about my Heroic grandfather: Alexander Stepanovich Kochetkov, who until the 2010s was listed as missing. And only after the declassification of the archives of the Ministry of Defense, we, his descendants, learned about his tragic and heroic fate.
“On May 6, he flew leading a pair to the 6 verst airfield and, despite strong anti-aircraft artillery fire and counteraction from fighters, set fire to one enemy aircraft with the fire of his cannons and machine guns.”
“On May 7, 1944, during the assault on the front line of the enemy’s defense in the Sevastopol region, despite heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire, descending to a strafing flight, made 4 approaches to the target. On the last approach, he was set on fire and crashed into the enemy’s battery on a burning plane. He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, I degree, for the liberation of the city of Sevastopol during the Crimean operation on May 5–9, 1944.