DMITRI ALEKSANDROVICH SAMOILOV
captain, participant in World War II and Korean War Hero of the Soviet Union (1951)
Born on December 31, 1922 in Kokand, Fergana region of the Turkestan ASSR, in the family of a servant. In the 1920s, the family lived in Kokand, Samarkand, Moscow and Tashkent. In 1931 he moved to Elektrostal. In 1940 he graduated from the 9th grade of high school in Elektrostal, Moscow region, and in the same year from the Noginsk aeroclub.
In the Red Army since December 1940. In 1941 he graduated from the Kachin Military Aviation School named after A.F.Myasnikov. In 1945 he graduated from the Konotop Military Aviation School named after P.Osipenko. He served as a pilot until 1946. He did not take part in World War II, but was legally a participant of the Red Army during the war.
From 1946 – pilot of the 171st Fighter Aviation Regiment based in Tukums, Latvian SSR (315th Fighter Aviation Division, 14th Fighter Aviation Corps, Baltic Military District Air Force). The regiment then moved to Lida airfield in the Belarusian military district. From June 1950, he was a senior pilot in the 523rd Fighter Regiment, which was relocated to the Far East due to the outbreak of the Korean War. The regiment is based in the Primorsky Krai. In March 1951, he flew with the regiment to Mukden and entered the battle two months later.
Participated in the war in Korea from May 1951 to February 1952. The MiG-15 made 161 combat flights, shooting down 10 enemy planes (one strategic bomber and 9 jet fighters) in 60 air strikes.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of November 13, 1951, captain Samoilov Dmitry Alexandrovich was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union “For the skill and courage shown in the performance of military duty”.
In July 1960, he retired as a Class I military pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He lived in Elektrostal, Moscow region. In 1965 he graduated from the Engineering College. Until 1988, he worked as an engineer at the Elektrostal Heavy Machinery Plant. On April 27, 2000, he was promoted to the rank of reserve colonel.
He died on August 15, 2012 in the city of Elektrostal, Moscow region.