Vladimir Vasilyevich Lunichenko

Order of the Red Star nr. 82765 was awarded by Order of the Western Front of October 30, 1942 to the 20-year-old Junior Lieutenant Vladimir Vasilyevich Lunichenko (Владимир Васильевич Луниченко), the chief of signals of the 1st Aviation Squadron, 702nd Night-Bomber Aviation Regiment, 213th Night-Bomber Aviation Division, 1st Air Army, Western Front.

Promotions

Date

Junior Lieutenant

November 28, 1940

Lieutenant

December 8, 1942


Record card

Order booklet nr. B-782782

1. Last name: Lunichenko
2. First name and patronymic: Vladimir Vasilyevich
3. Military rank: Guards Lieutenant
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1921
6. Place of birth: City of Dneprodzerzhinsk, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast
7. Party membership (since which year): Not a member
8. Education: Secondary
9. Nationality: Ukrainian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: From June 1939 through May 1946
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Flight navigator in the 44th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment, 9th Guards Aviation Division, 16th Air Army, 1st Belorussian Front
12. Current place of service and position: Temporarily unemployed
13. Home address of awardee: 75 Syrovets Street, apartment 1, city of Dneprodzerzhinsk, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast

14. Record of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Order of the Red Star [citation]

82765

Temporary certificate nr. 263752

Order of the Western Front nr. 01177 of October 30, 1942

Order of the Red Banner

180596

Temporary certificate nr. G-102235

Order of the 16th Air Army nr. 154/N of November 15, 1944

Medal for the Defense of Stalingrad

-

Permanent certificate nr. R-24170

Decree of December 22, 1942

Medal for the Victory over Germany

-

Permanent certificate nr. D-0103566

Decree of May 9, 1945

Medal for the Capture of Berlin

-

Permanent certificate nr. A-357637

Decree of June 9, 1945

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):

Military commissar of the city of Dneprodzerzhinsk
Colonel [signed] /Zakharchenko/
August 31, 1946


Award sheet [for his Red Star]

For (military rank; first name, patronymic, and last name; position; and name of the unit, formation, or institution): Junior Lieutenant Vladimir Vasilyevich Lunichenko, chief of signals of the 1st Aviation Squadron, 702nd Night-Bomber Aviation Regiment
Nominated for (name of the award): Order of the Red Star
1. Year of birth: 1921
2. Nationality: Ukrainian
3. Social situation: Working class
4. Party affiliation: Member of the Komsomol
5. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1939
6. Participation in the Civil War: Has been participating in the Patriotic War
7. Wounds and contusions: No
8. Earlier recommendations for awards, when, and for what: No
9. Commendations and awards received previously and for what: He didn't receive any awards, but he did receive a number of commendations for carrying out combat missions in an excellent manner
10. Permanent address: ______________ Field post station nr. 345, 702nd Aviation Regiment

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

Junior Lieutenant V.V. Lunichenko has been serving in the 702nd Aviation Regiment since April 1942 as the chief of signals of an aviation squadron. He is an exemplary and disciplined commander.

He has perfectly mastered piloting his aircraft in all weather conditions, both at day and night. He accurately carries out his combat missions and has flown 73 successful nighttime combat sorties, attacking enemy troops and materiel, and 12 special missions, without a single orientation error taking place.

During the Patriotic War, fighting the German-fascist invaders, he showed himself a bold and courageous commander.

During a combat mission in the night of August 9 to 10, 1942 he bombed an enemy firing position to the southwest of the village of Vetrovo and destroyed an enemy artillery battery, which was confirmed by the crew Poplavsky-Yakimov.

In the night of August 9 to 10, 1942 he bombed the town of Perestryazh. Having dropped his bombs he noticed a heavy explosion, after which a blaze started. During that same night he bombed a no less than 5 or 6 enemy cargo trucks on the road north of Bely Veros, which was confirmed by the crew Malnev-Yefimov.

He received a number of commendations from the regimental and squadron command for carrying out his combat missions in an excellent manner.

He is a member of the Presidium of the Komsomol organization.

He is dedicated to the Party of Lenin and Stalin and the socialist motherland.

He deserves the Order of the Red Star.

Commander of the 702nd Night-Bomber Aviation Regiment
Captain [signed] /Kiselev/

Military commissar of the 702nd Night-Bomber Aviation Regiment
Battalion Commissar [signed] /Burtsev/



Lieutenant Vladimir Vasilyevich Lunichenko


Order of the Red Star nr. 82765, obverse and reverse


A Polikarpov U-2 night bomber



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