Graffiti with Konstantin Anokhin portrait to appear in Penza
Penza, 9 December 2016. PenzaNews. The works on creation of the graffiti depicting Konstantin Anokhin, the first Penza region resident who received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, posthumously, were started at the façade of the house that is located at the intersection of Krasnaya and Chkalova streets. This was reported by the press service of the city administration.
“The hero portrait must remind Penza residents of his feat and contribute to their patriotic education,” the mayor’s office answered.
The press service added that the patriotic project, including the works on the painting, is conducted by the Russian war historical society “Our heroes” in different cities of our country.
Earlier, the deputy chief of the regional government Oleg Yagov reported about the initiative to create the patriotic graffiti.
Anokhin Konstantin Vasilyevich was born in Pokrovka village of the present Nikolsky area of the Penza region in a peasant family on June 1, 1913.
He worked as a metalworker, as a head of the technical library at the Ruzaevka station of the Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
Since 1936 he served in the Red Army.
In 1938 he graduated from Orenburg military aviation school of pilots.
In 1939 he became a member of the All-Union Communist Party.
Since the beginning of the Second World War he was at the front.
On July 6, 1941, the flight commander of the 170th fighter aviation regiment Konstantin Anokhin started the plane Yak-1 on alert and got into air fight with five enemy bombers. He destroyed one of the bombers, was shot down and directed his plane at the enemy tank column near the Zubovo village of the Orshansky area of the Vitebsk region of Belarus.
By the decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR as of July 22, 1941, the lieutenant Konstantin Anokhin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, posthumously, for the exemplary accomplishment of the headquarters military missions on the battlefront against the German-fascist invaders and for the displayed courage and heroism.