Mariya Dolina

Mariya Dolina

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Mariya Ivanivna Dolina (, Mariya Ivanovna Dolina; December 18, 1922 – March 3, 2010) was a Soviet pilot, deputy and acting squadron commander of the 125th “Marina M. Raskova” Borisov Guards dive bomber Regiment. She was active primarily on the 1st Baltic Front during World War II. On August 18, 1945 Dolina was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.

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Born in the village of Sharovka, Poltava District, Omsk Region of Siberia, In 1932, after Mariya's father lost his leg in the Russian Civil War, the family moved back to Ukraine again. Mariya trained at a flying club of the paramilitary Osoaviakhim and in 1940, graduated from the Kherson Flying School. Then entered the Engels Military Flying School.Before the German invasion of 22 June 1941, she worked as an instructor in flying clubs in Dnepropetrovsk and Nikolayev, in Ukraine.In July 1941, she started her military service. She initially flew the Polikarpov Po-2, liaising infantry units.Later became a crew member of a Petlyakov......
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