Dmitry Filippovich Gotsutsov

Order of the Red Banner nr. 49960 was awarded by Order of the Black Sea Fleet of November 30, 1942 to 21- or 22-year-old Lieutenant Dmitry Filippovich Gotsutsov (Дмитрий Филиппович Гоцуцов), captain of patrol boat SK-042, 2nd Patrol Boat Squadron, Defensive Sea Area Command, Fleet's Main Port, Black Sea Fleet.

The patrol boat SK-042 (before the war designated as PK-133), an MO-4 class vessel, was built in 1939 as a border guard ship and attached to the 2nd Black Sea Border Guard Vessel Detachment of the NKVD, based at Sochi. The MO-4 class vessels, originally intended for anti-submarine warfare, were among the most common patrol ships in the Soviet Navy. Almost 300 of them were built in Leningrad between 1936 and 1945. They had a displacement of some 54 tons, an overall length of 26.9 meters, a beam amidships of 3.9 meters, and a draft of just 1.25 meters. They were armed with 2 45-mm guns, 2 12.7-mm machine guns, mines and depth-charge racks, and possessed an acoustic detection device. Three engines provided them with a maximum speed of 26 knots. They were manned by a crew of 24 men. The design turned out to be quite successful and the boats were known for their excellent seaworthiness, maneuverability, and durability. They were not armored, however, and had wooden hulls.

Immediately after the German invasion the SK-042 was attached to the Black Sea Fleet. Based at Sevastopol, she defended the harbor and communications. On January 4, 1942, the SK-042 and eight other small ships left Sevastopol and landed a landing force at Yevpatoria early the next morning with the aim of drawing German forces away from besieged Sevastopol. The landing operation had limited success: the troops succeeded in liberating the southern part of Yevpatoria and a German infantry regiment and a couple of batteries were drawn away from Sevastopol, but stormy weather prevented the ships from assisting the landing troops, and within three days they were wiped out by German forces.

On April 14, 1942, Gotsutsov's SK-042 was tasked with saving equipment from the steamship Chekhov, which had sailed onto a mine just outside the harbor of Kamysh-Burun in the Kerch Strait at 04:10 that morning. As she approached the Chekhov around 10:10, the SK-042 sailed onto a magnetic mine as well, and sank. Two other patrol boats came to her rescue and were able to rescue 8 crew members; the others had died. Gotsutsov was severely wounded, but was among those who survived.

The Chekhov, a 2400-ton medium-sized passenger liner, had been commissioned in 1931. Commandeered by the Navy following the German invasion, she was turned into a hospital and evacuation ship. She was fitted with 4 antiaircraft guns and 2 heavy machine guns. From October 1941, she sortied out 39 times to deliver supplies and evacuate people from besieged Crimean coastal towns. Instead of her regular limit of 500 people, she often carried 1000 or more during her sorties. She performed 9 evacuations out of Odessa (taking 2038 men on board), 19 out of Sevastopol (evacuating 5753 people), and 11 from the Kerch Peninsula (evacuating 5041 people), bringing the wounded to Novorossiysk or Batumi. On April 14, 1942, she sailed from Tuapse to Kamysh-Burun to drop off reinforcements and ammunition. One mile from the harbor the Chekhov sailed onto a mine dropped by a German aircraft. Her forecastle was torn off by the explosion and the ship ran aground in the shallow coastal waters, the upper half of the ship remaining above the surface. More than 230 people died, including 30 crew, and 50 people were wounded. Following her sinking, the part of the ship still above water was turned into an observation post, which was continually subjected to German air raids and artillery shelling. In the 1960s the ship was raised and scrapped.


Record card

Order booklet nr. V-028240, already issued

1. Last name: Gotsutsov
2. First name and patronymic: Dmitry Filippovich
3. Military rank: Captain Lieutenant
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1920
6. Place of birth: Village of Dmitriyevka, Snezhnoye Raion, Stalino Oblast
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1941
8. Education: Higher
9. Nationality: Ukrainian
10. Since which year in the Soviet Army: August 1937 August 15, 1946 and since October 12, 1951
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Commanding officer of the 4th Red Banner Novorossiysk Small Submarine Chaser Detachment, 109th Brigade, Defensive Sea Area Command
12. Current place of service and position: Senior officer with the 4th Section, Combat Training Department, Black Sea Fleet staff
13. Home address of the awardee: ___ Bolshaya Morskaya Street, apartment 10, city of Sevastopol

14. List of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Order of the Red Banner [citation]

49960

Order booklet nr. V-028240

Order of the Black Sea Fleet nr. 73 of November 30, 1942

Order of the Red Star

160998

Order booklet nr. V-028240

 

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class

161235

Order booklet nr. V-028240

Order of the Black Sea Fleet nr. 164/S of September 27, 1945

Medal for Combat Merit

/

Order booklet nr. V-028240

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of February 26, 1953

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

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

Chief of the 2nd Section of the Personnel Department of the Black Sea Fleet
Major [signed] /Kocherzhenko/
May 16, 1953


Award sheet

Concerning (military rank; first name, patronymic, and last name; position; and name of the ship, troop unit, formation, institution, or installation): Lieutenant Dmitry Filippovich Gotsutsov, captain of patrol boat SK-042, 2nd Patrol Boat Squadron, Defensive Sea Area Command of the Fleet's Main Port

Name of the award: Order of the Red Banner

1. Year of birth: 1920
2. Nationality: Russian
3. Social position and origins: Middle class
4. Party membership and period: Member of the Communist Party since 1941
5. Since when in the Red Army or Navy: Since 1937
6. Service in the Civil War: No
7. Wounds and contusions: Wounded in battle
8. Has he been nominated for an award before (if so, when and what for): No
9. Which commendations and awards did he receive and what for: Received a number of commendations
10. Service in the White Army or other bourgeois armies and time spent in captivity: No, no
11. Permanent address: _______________

Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:

During the 11 months of the Patriotic War, the boat captained by Lieutenant Gotsutsov has made 216 combat sorties. It escorted 103 transports carrying troops and military materiel and fought off 50 attacks by enemy bombers and torpedo bombers in the process. Lieutenant Gotsutsov showed bravery and steadfastness while serving in the sea lines of communication between Novorossiysk and Kerch, escorting transport convoys in March and April. Faced with heavy storms and fog, aggressive actions by enemy aircraft, and a large number of magnetic mines and going virtually without rest for 35 days on end, comrade Gotsutsov's boat escorted 24 transports, and only because of his personal bravery and steadfastness, dozens of attacks by enemy aircraft were repelled and all transports were delivered unharmed.

During the Patriotic War the boat took part in the Feodosia operation, put a reconnaissance party ashore on an enemy-held shoreline, conducted short-range patrols to protect the main port, and sortied out to destroy enemy magnetic mines. On April 14, the SK-042, captained by Gotsutsov, was at Kamysh-Burun to save the equipment from the steamship Chekhov, triggered a magnetic mine, and sank. Lieutenant Gotsutsov suffered a severe wound, but he was saved.

He deserves to be nominated for a decoration.

Commanding officer of the 2nd Patrol Boat Squadron, Defensive Sea Area Command of the Fleet's Main Port
Captain Lieutenant [signed] /Generalov/

Military commissar of the 2nd Patrol Boat Squadron, Defensive Sea Area Command of the Fleet's Main Port
Senior Political Officer [Captain] [signed] /Vasilchenko/
July 24, 1942



Order of the Red Banner nr. 49960, obverse and reverse

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Order of the Red Banner nr. 49960, obverse


Order of the Red Banner nr. 49960, reverse


The design of the M-4 class


View from the air of a Black Sea Fleet M-4 class boat


M-4 class boats in the harbor of Streletskaya Bay, Sevastopol, Autumn 1941


The Chekhov


Starboard side view of the Chekhov, stranded in the Kerch Strait. Her forecastle has been torn away. Photo taken in May 1942 by a German reconnaissance aircraft

 


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