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Guards Sergeant Khaim Mordukhovich Malkin


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Record card

Order book № 823640

1. Last name: Malkin

2. First, middle names: Khaim Mordukhovich

3. Military rank: Guards Sergeant

4. Sex: Male

5. Year of birth: May 13, 1925

6. Place of birth: Smolevichi, Minsk region

7. Party membership since: LYCLSU member since 1942

8. Education: 8 grades

9. Nationality: Jew

10. In the Red Army since: January 28, 1944

11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied when awarded: 75th guards assault aviation regiment. Air Gunner

12. Current place of service and position: 75th guards assault aviation regiment. Air Gunner

13. Home address of the awardee: Baranovichi, aviation camp

14. Record of previous awards

Names of orders, medals Their numbers Document numbers Ground for award

Checked

For Courage medal 1470147 Temp. certificate Г 21364 Order to 75th assault aviation regiment No 9/N of October 26, 1944

Glory order, 3rd cl. 195023 Temp. certificate Д 379479 Order to the 1st guards assault aviation division No 04/N of February 09, 1945

Red Star order 1241424 Temp. certificate Е 197040 Order to the 1st guards assault aviation division No 09/N of April 19, 1945

Glory order, 2nd cl. 14914 Temp. Certificate Е 490681 Order to the 1st Air Army No 049/N of April 29, 1945

Signature of awardee (signed) ________________________

Data correctness

and signature of awardee 4-KIK 1st Guards assault aviation division

attested by: Guards Major (signed) /Karpichev/

March 15, 1946

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I. Brief description of personal feat or merits

When being in the regiment guards junior sergeant Malkin fulfilled 29 successful sorties by ИЛ-2 plane for assault and bombing of the enemy?s equipment and troops. Following the last award, he fulfilled 29 successful sorties by ИЛ-2 plane for assault and bombing of the enemy?s equipment and troops.

In air fights with the enemy he is a persistent, fearless fighter. Over the battlefield he is brave, at that he displays initiative and quick wit. He immediately informs his Commander on everything he notices, thus assisting in successful fulfillment of combat mission and maneuvering to escape flak. When fulfilling combat missions, he displays courage, bravery and valour.

Thus, for example:

March 27, 1945 at Valga when fulfilling a military mission he helped his Commander to identify the front line in spite of low visibility.

April 08, 1945 upon assault of enemy?s airdrome Noytif, he neutralized with fire of his machine-gun 1 ?? emplacement, which prevented the group to assault the airdrome.

He is disciplined, self-possessed, modest, he is an example to follow, he is stirring in battles. He is skillful in use of machine-gun. Due to his excellent work in battles he was awarded a citation by the command. For 29 successful sorties by ИЛ-2 plane for assault and bombing of enemy?s equipment and troops and for courage, bravery and valour, displayed at that, he deserves to be recommended for the government award - ?Glory, 2nd cl.? order.

Commander of the 3rd air squadron, 75th guards assault aviation Stalingrad Holding the Order of the Red Banner regiment

Guards Captain (signed) /Netvaylo/

April 18, 1945

Agree with this conclusion - deserves to be recommended for the government award, ?Glory, 2nd cl.? order.

Commander of 75th guards assault aviation Stalingrad Holding the Order of the Red Banner regiment

Guards Lieutenant Colonel (signed) /??/

Conclusion of Division Commander

Deserves to be awarded with the government award, Glory, 2nd cl.

Commander of the 1st Guards assault aviation Stalingrad Holding the Order of the Red Banner Suvorov order and Kutuzov order division

Guards Colonel (signed) /Prutkov/

April ??, 1945

Glory, 2nd cl. order was awarded under order to the troops of the 1st Air Army No 049/N of April 29, 1945

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And what a loss it is that enlisted ranks have no personnel files for the rest of their stories! A Russian Jew from around Smolensk had statistically no chance of surviving the Nazi occupation-- yet he is listed as a Komsomol member from 1942.

Therefore, he must have been able to evacuate east ahead of the Einsatzgruppen.

His "home address" as the basic training camp however suggests that he was absolutely alone, with no next of kin.

16 years old... escapes the Nazi death machine--alone.

Stays in school past his 18th birthday...

and then a phenomenal record as a teenaged "Soviet Stuka" gunner in the last year of the war.

THERE was a life story worth knowing! :beer:

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