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Penza Oblast Searchers Open Renovated Monuments and Memorial Signs to Pilots
Penza Oblast Searchers Open Renovated Monuments and Memorial Signs to Pilots
Society 03.07.2020

Searchers of the "Search Movement of Russia" Penza Oblast regional branch opened renovated monuments and memorial signs to pilots who died in plane crashes during the Great Patriotic War on the territory of Zemetchinsky, Belinsky and Kamensky districts.

It became possible thanks to the project "Heirs of Winners", during which searchers carried out archival work to identify unrecorded graves of aircrew who died in plane crashes in the Penza Oblast.

On the Remembrance and Mourning Day, a renovated monument was unveiled in the village of Malaya Izhmora, Zemetchinsky district, where there is a burial of the crew of the PE-2, 40 aviation regiment of the Red Army General Command intelligence, which crashed on the outskirts of the village on March 16, 1942. Before the beginning of the searchers' project, the names of the crew were unknown, and the burial was unrecorded. Activists identified the names of the crew as Lieutenant Vladimir Broitman, born in 1917 in Kirovograd, Ukraine, and Lieutenant Viktor Yeliseyev, born in 1916 in Uralsk, Kazakhstan.

On the same day, in the village of Pashkovo, Zemetchinsky district, a renovated memorial plate and an information sign were opened with the names of the crew of the 31 separate correction aviation squadron 62 A, who died in the village on February 20, 1943, and an information sign at the gateway to the village of Dolgovo, Zemetchinsky district, with the names of the SB plane crew who died near the village on December 6, 1942. These are Lieutenant Boris Pastukhov, 1918, born in Novopokrovskaya village, Krasnodar territory; Second Lieutenant Mikhail Sviridov, born in 1918 in the village of Mechetinskaya, Rostov Oblast; and a Junior Military Technician Savva Bolshakov, born in 1908 in the village of Gory, Gorodoksky district, Vitebsk Oblast, who died on 20.02.1943. Unfortunately, the pilots' burial was never found at Dolgovo settlement civil cemetery, but their names are now immortalised on the memorial sign.

On June 23 in Poim settlement a renovated monument and memorial sign to military pilot Stanislav Beynarovich, born in 1912, a native of the Republic of Belarus, who died in a crash near the settlement in 1942, was unveiled in Belinsky district. Poim local historians found the pilot's relatives, and they will visit his grave in the near future.

On June 24, a renovated memorial was opened in Kamenka to the soldiers who died of wounds in the evacuation hospital and to the fallen soldiers-pilots of the 10th reserve aviation regiment stationed in Kamenka. Thanks to the searchers' work, it was possible to identify and perpetuate the names of 20 pilots who were previously absent from the lists of the immortalised.

At the next stage of the project, renovated monuments and signs will be opened on the territory of Mokshansky, Penzensky, Pachelmsky and Bashmakovsky districts.