Viktor Aleksandrovich Simanchuk was a senior pilot of the 91st Guards Assault Aviation Regiment, junior lieutenant of the Guards, the Hero of the Soviet Union. In 1940 he finished the 10th grade of the school and the Central Aero Club named after V.P. Chkalov. He was in the army since June 1940. Until July 1941, he studied at the Urechye Military Aviation School of Pilots (the Minsk region, Belarus). In December 1941 he graduated from the Molotov Military Aviation School of Pilots (now it is Perm), until April 1942 he was an instructor pilot there. In April-September 1942 he was a pilot of the 16th reserve Aviation regiment (Atkarsk, the Saratov region), in 1942-1943 – a pilot in the 1st reserve aviation brigade (Kuibyshev, now it is Samara). Since December 1943 he was a pilot of the 811th Assault Aviation Regiment (in the Moscow Military District). In March 1944, for aerial hooliganism over Moscow, he was convicted by a military tribunal and sent to a penal company. He was a participant of the Great Patriotic War: in April 1944 – a shooter of the 292nd separate penal company of the 13th Army (the1st Ukrainian Front). He participated in the Proskurov-Chernivtsi operation. After serving his sentence, he returned to aviation. During the Great Patriotic War, he made 187 sorties on an IL-2 attack aircraft to strike at enemy manpower and equipment. For the courage and heroism shown in the battles with the Nazi invaders, by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated May 15, 1946, Lieutenant Viktor Alexandrovich Simanchuk was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal. After the war, he continued to serve in the Air Force as a flight commander and senior pilot in assault aviation regiments (in the Moscow and Trans-Baikal military districts). Since January 1953, Senior Lieutenant V.A.Simanchuk was in reserve.
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