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Order of the Red Star, #372114, 258th Airfield Supply Battalion, 1st Air Army, 3rd Belorussian Front

Article about: Award Card Order Booklet 640955 1. Last name: Privalov 2. Name and patrionymic: Aleksei Aleksandrovich 3. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel 4. Gender: Male 5. Birthyear: 1905 6. Birthplace: Kuzlyar 7

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    Default Order of the Red Star, #372114, 258th Airfield Supply Battalion, 1st Air Army, 3rd Belorussian Front

    Award Card

    Order Booklet 640955

    1. Last name: Privalov
    2. Name and patrionymic: Aleksei Aleksandrovich
    3. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    4. Gender: Male
    5. Birthyear: 1905
    6. Birthplace: Kuzlyar
    7. Party membership: since 1938
    8. Education: tenth grade
    9. Nationality: Russian
    10. Time in Red Army: since 1927
    11. Place of service at awarding: Battalion Commander – 258th Airfield Supply Battalion, 1st Air Army, 3rd Belorussian Front
    12. Place of work at present: Sverdlovsk. Chief of Joint Forces Supply, Ural Military District (?) HQ
    13. Home address: Sverdlovsk, DKA Hotel

    14. Awards:
    Designation/Serial Number/Awarding Organization

    Red Star 372.114 1st Air Army dated 21.9.43

    Red Star 895.672 Edict dated 3.11.44

    Patriotic War II 484.443 1st Air Army dated 2.4.45

    Defense of Moscow Medal Edict dated 1.5.44

    Victory over Germany Medal Edict dated 9.5.45

    Verified by Ural Military District Air Forces Deputy Chief of Personnel Captain (?) on 8th May, 1946

    Unit Award Order


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    [trans: pencil inscription “Western Front 21.12.43” and administrative data]

    First Air Army Order 058/N dated 21st September, 1943

    On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR, I award the following decorations for exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s missions in the struggle against the German invaders and for having displayed valor and bravery:

    Order of the Red Star to:

    26. Major Aleksei Aleksandrovich Pribalov – Commander, 258th Airfield Supply Battalion

    Signed 1st Air Army Commander General-Lieutenant of Aviation Gromov and Chief of Personnel Lieutenant Colonel Zhuk

    4 Copies
    1,2 – Western Front Personnel 2 Section
    3 – 1 Air Army Personnel Section
    4 – Red Army Air Forces Personnel Directorate
    Compiler – Captain of Adminstrative Services Goryachev
    /ek/ 15.9.1943

    Award Sheet

    [trans: written “Agreed. Commander 15th Air Base Region, LTC Sh(?) 5.9.43]

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Privalov, Aleksei Aleksandrovich
    2. Rank: Major
    3. Duty position: Commander – 258th Airfield Supply Battalion, 15th Air Base Region
    Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star
    4. Born: 1905
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. In Red Army: since 1927
    7. Party membership: since 1938
    8. Previous combat: n/a
    9. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
    10. Previous awards: n/a
    11. Inducted by: career officer
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    Major Privalov has worked as an airfield supply battalion commander since the beginning of the Patriotic War. Supporting the aviation’s combat actions while in the 18th Air Base Region, Comrade Privalov capably set the unit’s work, which resulted in not a single accident or delay of combat sorties as the battalion’s fault.

    Official notices from flight units, especially the commander of the 233rd Ground Attack Aviation Division General-Major of Aviation Trifonov, the commander of the 188th Fighter Aviation Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Cherepanov, and a series of other flight units deserve attention and speak about the major, intensive work contributed by the battalion throughout the Patriotic War.

    The 258th ASB has been in the 15th Air Base Region since November, 1942. During the last winter and spring the battalion has done exclusive work in training and servicing the aviation regiments’ combat actions in winter conditions and especially during the spring thaw. Comrade Privalov has contributed much work to the construction of the Emelyanovka airfield and its airfield support buildings.

    In the last year’s work alone the 25th8 ASB serviced more than 250 aircraft of various types and prepared for use 630 tons of ammunition, 220 tons of varied fuels, more than 400 tons of lubricants, and a large quantity of aviation technical equipment, armaments, supplies, etc.

    In the same time period the battalion’s aviation repair workshop repaired 241 vehicles, 241 vehicles, 81 of which were significant jobs and 14 major overhauls. Thirty command bunkers were built and nine command points.

    During our forces’ offensive operations on the Western Front, the battalion’s troops demined five airfields and rendered 276 enemy mines and 80 aviation bombs harmless. A whole series of the battalion’s best personnel were awarded State awards.

    Comrade Privalov is a hard-working and demanding commander. He wields great authority among the battalion’s personnel.

    He is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.

    Signed Chief, 15th Air Base Region, Colonel Kuznetsov on 6th June, 1943

    Endorsed 1st Air Army Deputy Commander of Rear Area Operations General-Major of Aviation Uspenskii on 5.9.1943

    Major, later Lieutenant Colonel, Aleksei Aleksandrovich Pribalov's Order of the Red Star, #372114.

    My thanks to Auke and Paul Schmitt for their invaluable assistance.
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