Russia – Soviet: A Komsomol Organiser’s and Chief of a non-directional airfield Radio Transmitter’s Order of the Red Star to Aleksandr Ivanovich Panteleyev, 68th Independent Communications Company, 14th Smolensk Red Banner Guards Bomber Regiment, Red Army Air Forces for supporting the Regiment’s near 4,000 sorties using B-25 bombers during the fighting in Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Germany.
Order of the Red Star, type 2, without screw post plate and with flared edges, numbered 1945393
Condition: Good very fine
Aleksandr Ivanovich Panteleyev was born in the village of Verkhny Zakhod, Samolukovo Rural Municipality, Loyaka Raion, Kursk Oblast during 1922. Having attained an Elementary education he served in the Red Army from 15th June 1941 until 24th March 1927.
Panteleyev was to receive a Medal for Combat Merit by Order of the 5th Guards Air Division on 30th April 1944, and subsequently an Order of the Red Star by Order of the 15th Guards Air Division on 25th July 1945.
This award was issued to him for his role as the Chief of the non-directional airfield Radio Transmitter of the 68th Independent Communications Company, 14th Smolensk Red Banner Guards Bomber Regiment, Red Army Air Forces, and was on the back of the following citation:
‘Comrade Panteleyev has been serving as chief of the non-directional airfield radio transmitter since July 1943 and in this capacity he has supported the regiment’s 2800 combat sorties.
He handles his duties well. Not a single disruption of combat operations occurred through fault of his
The transmitter is always in good condition. For his excellent performance he received a number of commendations from the commanding officer and he was awarded the Excellent Signaller Badge and the Medal for Combat Merit.
Following his last award he supported another 1168 combat sorties.
He is the 68th Independent Communications Company’s Komsomol organiser and he puts much effort into building the morale of the Komsomol members.
He is disciplined and commands great authority among the men of the company. He is politically developed and completely stalwart. He is dedicated to the cause of the Party of Lenin and Stalin and the socialist motherland.
Conclusion: For his superb efforts to support the regiment’s combat sorties by maintaining radio communications, he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Star.’
Signed by the Commander of the 14th Smolensk Red Banner Guards Bomber Regiment, Red Army Air Force, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Yakimenko.
He was also to receive the Medal for the Victory over Germany.
The 14th Smolensk Red Banner Guards Bomber Regiment, flew B-25’s during the last years of the war and was heavily engaged in the fighting in Hungary, including around Lake Balaton, then in the offensive towards Vienna and finally in the Berlin offensive at the end of the war, the aircraft being launched from it’s airfields in Yugoslavia initially and then later in Hungary.
After the war he was unemployed, and was living at 22 Traktornaya (Tractor) Street, in the village of Lokyna, Kursk Oblast.