Ivan Doronin

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Ivan Doronin
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Born 5 May 1903
Kamenka, Samara Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 2 February 1951(1951-02-02) (aged 47)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1920 - 1947
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Colonel Ivan Vasilyevich Doronin (Russian: Иван Васильевич Доронин) (May 5 (O.S. April 22), 1903 – February 2, 1951, Moscow) was a Soviet aircraft pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union (April 20, 1934).


Ivan Doronin volunteered for the navy in 1920 and soon joined a naval aviation school in Leningrad. He graduated from the Sevastopol Flying School in 1925 and then served as a navy pilot in the Black Sea Fleet. In 1930, Ivan Doronin joined the civil aviation in the Russian North.

In 1934, he took part in the rescue of the Chelyuskin steamship crew from an improvised airstrip on the frozen surface of the Chukchi Sea, for which he would be awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.[1] Later in his life, Ivan Doronin headed experimental flight stations at different aircraft factories. In 1947, he retired due to his illness.

Ivan Doronin was also awarded the Order of Lenin.


  1. ^ Mills, William J. (2003-01-01). Exploring Polar Frontiers: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 603–604. ISBN 9781576074220. Retrieved 11 June 2013.