Arkady Kamanin

Arkady Kamanin
Arkady Kamanin
14 years old
Arkady Kamanin

He was the youngest pilot of the Second World War. Starting as a mechanic at an aircraft factory in 1941, he began flying, flatly refusing to go to the rear when he was only 14 years old. Before his eyes the boy had the example of his father – a famous pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, military commander N. P. Kamanin.

Arkady, the youngest of the pilots, nicknamed “Flyer”, was taken care of as best they could. But war is war, and General Kamanin gave orders to Sergeant Kamanin, sending him on flights, each of which could be the last. The boy flew to the headquarters of divisions, to the command posts of regiments, transferred food to the partisans.

The teenager received his first award at the age of 15 – it was the Order of the Red Star. Arkady saved the pilot of an Il-2 attack plane that crashed on a neutral strip. The Germans were preparing a sortie, intending to take the pilots prisoner, but Soviet infantrymen covered Arkady with fire. Later he was also awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

The boy died at the age of 18 from meningitis. During his short life he made more than 650 sorties and flew 283 hours.

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