Leo K. Shchukin. Biography. Fighting. Awards. Ranks. A photo.
Leo was born in Noginsk 29.10.1923, in the family servant. His family moved to Krasnodar, where Schukin began studying at the high school. In 1939 he joined the Young Communist League and, together with their peers enrolled in Krasnodar flying club.
Lev Shchukin in June 1941 graduated school (10 classes), and training at the flying club, immediately apply to the Odessa Pilot School, which successfully went without health restrictions, despite the fact that a few months before had been ill with pneumonia strong . This momentous event occurred at the end of summer, when World War II was raging in full.
His studies at the aviation school lasted until the beginning of 1944 because Odessa pilot school, with the approach of the front, was evacuated to Kyrgyzstan, Frunze.
He celebrated the end of the war, along with friends, not realizing that his fate is preparing for a new war, in a completely different part of the globe. In August, the 1945 Schukin in the famous 18-th "Vitebsk" Guards Regiment of the 1-Squadron as a senior pilot, having the rank of "lieutenant". So he began his service as a part of the battle, in which he served until 1952 city
In the middle of 1952-he, like many of his comrades, he was sent to Korea. His first encounter with the enemy occurred only 11 departure, it happened at the end of May. On the cover of the bridge flew 1-squadron regiment. In the area Antung they met at an altitude of 9000 8 m F-86 "Sabre". The fight did not last long and was completed without result, as soon "Sabres" came out of the battle and flew south. In that fight, Leo did not even had time to open fire on the enemy.
Shchukin knocked 17 aircraft, including 15 personally. in Group. His fighting plaque was 99 hours. Leo has been awarded with various orders and received a star hero.
After arriving home, Captain Schukin entered the Air Force Academy in Monino. After graduation Major Shchukin sent, to Belarus, where he served until 1977 city
Before 1975 of Leo K. flew on fighter jets, and then he was forbidden to fly for eye diseases. Shchukin served as commander of the regiment, and then became a senior inspector of the Air Force of his district. Leo colonel retired.
After his discharge he worked as a teacher in Minsk at the Institute of National Economy.
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