Fyodor Vidyayev

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Fyodor Alekseyevich Vidyaev
Born (1912-11-07)November 7, 1912
Shentala Samara Oblast, Russia
Died July 1, 1943(1943-07-01) (aged 30)
Barents Sea
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Navy
Years of service 1937–1943
Rank Captain 2nd Rank
Battles/wars World War II

Fyodor Alekseyevich Vidyayev (Russian: Фёдор Алексеевич Видяев, 1912-1943) was a Soviet Navy submarine commander during World War II. He was killed in action in 1943.

Vidayev was born in Samara Oblast, he was an ethnic Mordvin. He finished high school in Murmansk in 1930 and graduated with distinction from the M.V. Frunze Higher Naval School in 1937. He joined the Northern Fleet submarine division and started as a junior navigator on the submarine D-2. In 1938 he took part in the rescue of four researchers from a drifting ice station. He took part in the Soviet Finnish War of 1939-40 blockading Petsamo.

In 1941 he was 2nd in command of the Shch-421 serving under Nikolai Lunin he was given command of this boat in 1942 when Lunin was given command of the new submarine K-21 Vidayev carried out twelve war patrols. His boat set out in July 1943 and never returned.

The town of Vidyayevo was named after him as was a Don class submarine tender.


  • This article is sourced from the Russian Wikipedia