1st Guards Bomber Aviation Division

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226th Assault Aviation Division (1942-1943)

1st Guards Assault Aviation Division (1943-1956)
1st Guards Fighter-Bomber Aviation Division (1957-1989)
1st Guards Bomber Aviation Division (1989-1993)

1st Guards Assault Aviation Division (1993-2009)
Active 1942-2009
Country

 Soviet Union (1942-1991)

 Russia (1992-2009)
Branch

Soviet Air Force (1942-1991)

Russian Air Force (1992-2009)
Type Bomber Aviation Division
Garrison/HQ Yeysk (2002-2009)
Engagements

World War II

Decorations

Order of Lenin type4.jpg Order of Lenin
Order of the red Banner OBVERSE.jpgOrder of the Red Banner (2)
OrderOfKutuzov2nd.jpgOrder of Kutuzov 2nd class

Order of suvorov medal 2nd class.jpgOrder of Suvorov 2nd class
Battle honours Stalingrad

The 1st Guards Stalingrad Bomber Aviation Division (Russian: 1-я гвардейская бомбардировочная Сталинградская ордена Ленина дважды Краснознаменная орденов Суворова и Кутузова авиационная дивизия) was an Aviation Division of the Soviet Air Force. It was formed as the 226th Assault Aviation Division in May 1942 and became the 1st Guards Stalingrad Assault Aviation Division for its performance in the Battle of Stalingrad. The division fought in the Melitopol Offensive, Crimean Offensive, East Prussian Offensive and the Battle of Königsberg. By the end of the war, the division had been awarded the Order of the Red Banner twice, the Order of Lenin and the Orders of Kutuzov and Suvorov 2nd class. Postwar, the division relocated to Belarus. In April 1956, it became a bomber division but was converted to a fighter-bomber unit in 1957. In 1989, it became an bomber unit again and moved to Krasnodar in 1993. At Krasnodar it became an assault unit. The division moved to Yeysk in 2002 and disbanded in 2009.

History[edit]

The 1st Guards Bomber Aviation Division was initially formed as the 226th Assault Aviation Division as part of the 8th Air Army in May 1942.[1] The 8th Air Army was supporting the Southwestern Front as it fought the German advance during Operation Blau.

On 18 March 1943 the division was renamed the 1st Guards Assault Aviation Division. By this time the 8th Air Army was part of Southern Front and included the 2nd Mixed Aviation Corps (201st Fighter Aviation Division, 214th Assault Aviation Division), 10th Mixed Aviation Corps (206th, 287th Fighter Aviation Divisions, 289th Assault Aviation Division), 270th Bomber Aviation Division (270 бад), 2nd Guards Night Bomber Aviation Division, 6th Guards Fighter Aviation Division, 8th Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment, 406th Light Bomber Aviation Regiment, and the 678th Transport Aviation Regiment.[2]

Organization in May 1945 (Ketrzyn, Poland):

  • 74th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment with Il-2
  • 75th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment with Il-10
  • 76th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment with Il-2
  • 136th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment with Il-2

The division headquarters were moved from Ketrzyn to Lida, Grodno Region, in the Belorussian SSR, in July 1945.

The 76th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment was disbanded in April 1947.

In 1957, it was renamed 1st Guards Fighter-Bomber Aviation Division (1st IBAD, from 11 November 1976 1st ADIB).[1]

Organization 1957:

  • 136th Guards Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Lida, Grodno Region) with MiG-15
  • 686th Guards Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Lida, Grodno Region) with MiG-15
  • 952nd Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment (Pruzhany) with MiG-15

Organization 1970:

The division was renamed the 1st Guards Bomber Aviation Division in 1989.

Organization 1990:

The Divisional headquarters was moved to Krasnodar, Krasnodar Krai, in 1993, and the division became part of the 4th Army of Air Forces and Air Defence.

It was disbanded in December 2009.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Holm, Michael. "1st Guards Stalingradskaya order of Lenin twice Red Banner orders of Suvorov and Kutuzov Bomber Aviation Division". ww2.dk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Combat composition of the Soviet Army, 1 April 1943

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