on the night of 8 August 1941 Viktor Talalikhin in the sky over Moscow rammed his fighter And-16 German bomber He-111 and shot it. For the first ever night the air RAM Talalikhin was awarded the title hero of the Soviet Union, and his name became known throughout the country. In Moscow, Talalikhina a Museum and a community “Telligence”.
Of his older brother Nicolae, the example of which Victor dedicated his life to aviation, little is known, – said the head of the research group “Icarus” of the city of Sochi Vladimir Chernyshov help addressed to Konstantin Dobrovolsky. During the great Patriotic war, Nikolai Vasilevich Talalikhin served in the far North in naval aviation commander of the 4th squadron of the 118th separate reconnaissance aviation regiment of the Northern fleet air force. The crew of the Nicholas Talalikhina 11 July 1941 did not return from combat missions in exploration and destruction of advancing enemy troops in the Murmansk area in the center of the river Bolshaya Zapadnaya Litsa. Until recently, the circumstances of the crash and the fate of the five members of its crew remained unknown. However, the representative GHG “Icarus” ZUMA defense Ministry of Russia in Gatchina documents of the 118th regiment was discovered a document containing information about where to find the plane.
As it turned out, the crew of the “flying boat” was part of the senior Lieutenant Talalikhin N. V., Lieutenant Ktsoev A. A., second Lieutenant Bobkov S. D., Nakonechny F. D. Lieutenant and Sergeant Ryzhikov L. F. July 11, 1941, at 10 o’clock in the morning their plane went down and crashed in the area of one of the heights near the river Great Western Persons.
before managed to find in the archive the document, the search engines “Icarus” does not once examined this height and found the remains of the aircraft with nadpisei in English and Russian languages, aircraft mooring anchor for “flying boats”, numbered tag-nameplate plant named after Dimitrov and many small fragments and parts of the aircraft. In addition, managed to detect the elements of the parachute systems of the crew: two pull rings from a parachute, carabiners and buckles, a few bone fragments of human remains and parts of the Shoe.
Analysis of archive materials, including German, showed that was found near the height of an unknown aircraft is GST Nicholas Talalikhina. In the plane at the time of death were himself Talalikhin and Ktsoev. The rest of the crew were parasternalis from the stricken aircraft and was captured by the Germans, as evidenced by the cards of prisoners of war Bobkova, Ruzickova and Nakonechny. It turned out that Nakonechny in October 1941 were shot by the Nazis in the Dachau concentration camp. The rest of the pilots also failed to return Home – apparently, they failed to survive in captivity.
Participants of search group “Ikar” and a search of the Moscow Association “the Obelisk”, which includes an initiative group “of talalihina”, together with the Murmansk search engines are going in June 2020 to conduct an expedition to the crash site of Nicholas Talalikhina to conduct more extensive and detailed excavations to find the remains of the pilots and solemnly buried them.
the Manufacture of aircraft GST began in the late thirties by the license acquired by the USSR from the American firm “consolidated” for the construction of cargo and passenger flying boat. For the Soviet Union was designed by a special modification of the aircraft, the basis for which was the army boat DEN-1, better known as “Catalina”. It has mastered the production of Zavod imeni Dimitrova No. 31 in Taganrog. These aircraft were produced at the plant under the name of GST in both civil and military, with Soviet-era weapons. Due to technical problems managed to collect not more than 30 GTS that were in service with aircraft of the Northern and black sea fleets. Their production ceased in 1940. A significant part of the GST aircraft were lost during the war.