Murad Ozdoev

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Murad Ozdoev (Russian: Мурад Ахмедович Оздоев; 10 March 1922, Nazran, Chechen–Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic – 25 February 1999, Ingushetia) was a World War II Ingush ace.[1][2]

He piloted U-2 biplane, LaGG-3, Yak-1, Yak-7, Yak-9.[1] The Russian government credited him with eight air victories including high-altitude FW-189 labeled by the Soviet pilots as a "difficult to shoot down target".[2] Performed 248 air battles.[2] He was shot down aimed his burning aircraft onto the enemy railroad echelon and bailed out, captured by Germans, escaped from prison camp, captured again, was liberated from German camp on 8 May 1945 and returned to his service as a fighter pilot. He was dishonorably discharged 1946, and exiled to Kazakhstan to join other Chechens and Ingush deported to Central Asia.[1] In 1957 after 12 years in exile to Atbasar town[3] he returned to Chechen-Ingush ASSR[1] and worked as a car mechanic in Nazran. He received his award Hero of the Russian Federation only on 8 May 1995[1] after the breakup of the USSR.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bocharov, Anton. "Ozdoev Murat Akhmedovich". 
  2. ^ a b c "Murat Ozdoev". 
  3. ^ "Воздушные бои Мурада Оздоева". Ingushetia. 12 May 2005.