Asyamov Sergey Aleksandrovich
(19.10 (01.11) .1907–30.04.1942)
Soviet polar pilot ,
the Soviet Union.
Born in Krasnoyarsk in the family of a worker.
From the age of 15 he began to work first as an agricultural
worker, then as a fitter at a telephone exchange.
After graduating from the Yeisk Naval Aviation School in 1931, he
served as an instructor pilot, since 1933 he has been a pilot of the
Civil Air Fleet, and since 1935 - a pilot of the Lena Aviation Group
of the Central Marine Route.
Peaceful, but very difficult routes were a real school for future
Asyamov, who had successfully mastered six types of aircraft by
the end of the 1930s, flew on one of these lines.
On July 14, 1940, Asyamov’s crew flew in his car from Chokurdakh
The water area of the Sangar airport, where the plane was
supposed to refuel, was occupied by barges.
Landing in the middle of the river was difficult due to the lack
of landmarks, and Asyamov decided to fly to Yakutsk without landing.
Having calculated that he would not have enough 10 minutes of
light time, he decided to warn about it on the radio Yakutsk
However, due to a radio transmitter failure, the communication
session did not take place.
In addition, the head wind intensified, and only 42 minutes after
the sunset came to Yakutsk.
I had to sit down in the dark on the mirror-like surface of the
water, being guided along the distant, almost invisible shores of
Under these conditions, it was impossible to accurately determine
the distance to the water, and the plane splashed down roughly,
However, thanks to Asyamov's high flying art, the car, cargo and
seven passengers were rescued.
This case was interpreted somewhat differently in the order of
the commander of the Lena group of polar aviation No. 184 dated July
25, 1940: “On July 14, an N-205 aircraft under the control of a 1st
class pilot of the Moscow Air Group Sergei Aleksandrovich Asyamov
crashed in the Yakutsk port.
Pilot Asyamov showed indiscipline unacceptable in aviation,
grossly violated the flight service instruction, showed unnecessary
haste, did not carry out the necessary route calculation before
departure from Dzhardzhan port, made a mistake in the Yakutsk port
after sunset and complicated landing conditions in the twilight made
a mistake in engineering piloting.
An expensive materiel has been put out of action for a long time”. In the order the accident was called an accident, but in reality
it was not a very big breakdown, the car was restored, and in August
1940 she flew.
Since July 1941, Asyamov on the fronts of the Great Patriotic
By January 1942, he made 48 sorties.
His crew dropped 100 tons of bombs on the enemy, causing great
damage in manpower and equipment, scattered over the territory
occupied by the enemy, more than 3 million leaflets.
He flew in the sky over the besieged Leningrad, fought on the
Volkhov and the North-Western fronts, led the caravans of our
military ships on the northern seas.
On April 30, 1942, Asyamov was one of the best long-range
aviation pilots, being on a business trip to Great Britain to
prepare the secret flight of USSR Minister of Foreign Affairs V.M.
Molotov, with a diplomatic mission to the United States,
tragically died in a plane crash.
By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
dated June 20, 1942, for exemplary performance of the combat tasks
of the command on the front of the struggle against the German
fascist invaders and the courage and heroism shown to Major Asyamov
Sergey Alexandrovich posthumously awarded the title
the Soviet Union.
In addition, he was awarded the
Order of Lenin, the
Order of the Red Banner and a medal.
The veil of the mystery of the death of the pilot opened F.I.
Chuev in his book Soldiers of the Empire: Conversations.
Documents": " ... - Before you make this flight [USSR Minister of
Foreign Affairs V.M.
Molotov to Washington on the organization of a second front in
Europe”, recalled [the Chief Air Marshal] Golovanov, “I sent my best
crew to London, led by Major Sergei Asyamov.
The co-pilot was Pusep, and the navigators were Romanov and
It was a test flight, the true purpose of which the pilots did
Asyamov, under a big secret, told Pusep that a batch of
four-engined planes had been purchased from the British, and in the
near future it would be necessary to carry our pilots to England in
order to overtake these planes.
That, they say, the authorities decided to check if we could cope
with this task ... On the morning of April 29, the huge Petlyakovsky
TB-7 bomber, having spent 7 hours and 10 minutes in the air, landed
at Teeling airfield in Scotland.
The Allies warmly greeted the Russian pilots, and soon they took
the "Flamingo" passenger plane to London.
Ambassador to England I. Maisky reported on the safe arrival of
the crew, which Golovanov reported to Stalin.
But the joy was premature.
The unexpected happened.
The next day, at the request of the British, Major Asyamov flew
to Teeling on the same small "Flamingo" - there were many who wanted
to see the unprecedented Soviet bomber TB-7.
Then the Allies decided to show the Russian pilot their military
equipment in East Fortune.
On the way back to London, the "Flamingo" ignited in the air and
All ten people on board died - the English crew, two officers and
three members of the Soviet military mission.
Major Asyamov, everyone's favorite, a wonderful man, a pilot of
the “Chkalov type” died ... Why did Asyamov die?
Golovanov was convinced that the matter was unclean.
In the English manual, he believed, were not interested in the
visit of the Soviet representative.
Asyamov's death made a strong impression on Stalin.
- Well, soyuznichki us!
- he said.
“Just watch them all”!
The other day I received a letter from Roman Firsov, who, by the
nature of his work, was investigating the circumstances of the crash
of a DH95 Flamingo plane in England, on which Asyamov died.
I quote words taken from his website
http://www.group9may.com/act.html: "It is regrettable that none of
the available sources indicate the burial place of the Hero of the
Soviet Union Sergei Aleksandrovich Asyamov and the members who died
with him The Soviet military mission in Great Britain. And if in the
documents on the death of the intelligence officers of the General
Staff, their alleged burial place is mentioned - Moscow, for some
reason Asyamov’s sources are silent for some reason. We can say with
confidence that the bodies of Soviet citizens did not remain on ang
. Iisko ground According to an expert job search engine
Strelbitsky K.B., dead bodies could be cremated and later moved to
Moscow, the most likely place of burial -. Don cemetery - the
largest columbarium capital".
Bay in the Laptev Sea on the east
coast of Taimyr.
Named in 1972 by the Commission on Geographical Names of GP MMF.
The name was approved by the decision of the Krasnoyarsk Regional
Executive Committee of March 2, 1973.