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On the Victory Day in the DPRK, a monument to Soviet hero pilots was unveiled

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A 2.3-meter high marble and bronze monument dedicated to the feat of Mikhail Yanko and Ivan Babkin has been opened in North Korea.


The solemn opening ceremony of the monument in honor of the feat of Soviet pilots Mikhail Yanko and Ivan Babkin, timed to coincide with the celebration of the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, took place on Sunday in the DPRK. This is stated in an entry published on the page of the Russian Embassy in the DPRK on Facebook.

“Today, a monument was unveiled at the burial site of the heroes in honor of their feat,” the message says.

> The Russian diplomatic mission recalled that in August 1945, troops of the 1st Far Eastern Front of the Red Army began hostilities against the Japanese in the territory of Korea occupied by them. The plane of junior lieutenant Mikhail Yanko, flight commander of the 37th assault aviation regiment of the 12th aviation division of the Pacific Fleet Air Force, was shot down during the task of destroying communications of the Kwantung Army in the port of Rasin (now Rajin). “Preferring death to captivity, he sent a burning combat vehicle into the thick of enemy equipment. The flaming Il-2 attack aircraft also contained his comrade Ivan Babkin, a gunner-radio operator and a senior Red Navy soldier,” the embassy said.

Later, after the capture of the port of Racine, Soviet marines found the remains dead and with military honors buried them on a hill near the sea bay. A three-bladed propeller of a crashed aircraft was installed over the grave. On September 14, 1945, Mikhail Yanko was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. In the 1980s, the remains of the pilot and gunner-radio operator were transferred to the mass grave of the soldiers of the Red Army who died during the liberation of the city, located on the outskirts of Rajin.

The monument of marble and bronze 2.3 meters high was made by order of the Russian Embassy in DPRK. The Russian diplomatic mission expressed confidence that the North Korean sculptor Kim Yong Guk brilliantly coped with the creative task. “We send separate words of greeting to Natalia Yanko, now living in Ukraine, the niece of the hero. It was from her letter to the embassy that a lot of work began, culminating in today's event, ”the diplomatic mission added.

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