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Old 12-24-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parade

Here is a somewhat rebuilt, yet far from complete group to Guards Senior Lieutenant Keram Mominonovich Mel'konjan. A dive-bomber pilot and participant in the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. This selection covers 1945 to 2005.

Firstly we have his red covered Document for the Medal "For Victory Over Germany In The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" #00011589 issued on 15th June 1945 by Guards Major-General Komarov as Commander of the 5th Battalion of the Combined Regiment of the 1st Belorussian Front - Although the stamp used is for a heavy artillery section (The Combined Regiments were created just for the Parade so there may not have been time for a new stamp).

There is the myth (one of many) that these red covered Documents were only awarded to participants of the parade but 100,000 were printed and only 16,011 paraded. So the reality is you have a 16% chance of the Red Cover being awarded to a parader.

As a Pilot, Mel'konjan marched with his sidearm.

This entire grouping cost considerably less than most would pay for a red cover - let alone one that was actually to a parade participant, it also contains a Document of a Variation I've been after for a while too so it was win-win.

I've been trying to locate him in the Parade but I've only been able to find very abridged coverage of the Parade so far.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mominonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

The act gives the date of 23rd June 1945 and states that 207 Medals were issued by Komarov as commander of the 2nd Guards Storm Aviation Division.

It lists Mel'konjan as a Pilot in the 106th Storm Aviation Regiment.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:28 PM   #3
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

Next is his Order Booklet and Coupon Booklet (of which only one coupon was used).

Awarded;
Patriotic War II Class 502817
Red Star 1844047
Red Banner 242799
For Combat Merits U/N


Maybe these will turn up, maybe not.....
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

His Patriotic War II Class #502817 was awarded 2nd April 1945 by the 9th Storm Aviation Corps for his role as an IL-2 Pilot of the 106th Storm Aviation Regiment. He did 17 combat sorties (five of which was on 14th January alone) during the liberation of Radom, Lodz, Tomaszów, Kalisz, Stargard and Küstrin.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:31 PM   #5
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

His next proposed (but not awarded) award was Red Banner #242799. Awarded 26th June 1945 by the 16th Air Army for performing a further 20 combat sorties aimed at Küstrin and Müncheberg.
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

His Red Star #1844047 was awarded 26th May 1945 by the 300th Storm Aviation Division for a further 13 combat sorties (totalling 50 for the period of the war) aimed at Müllrose and Berlin.
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

He was awarded the Medal "For The Liberation Of Warsaw" A#057985 by the Commander of the 11th Guards Storm Aviation Division on 12th March 1946.

He was awarded the Jubilee Medal "XXX Years Of The Soviet Army And Navy" as a Guards Lieutenant of the 79th Guards Storm Aviation Regiment on 28th August 1948.
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His Military Booklet fills in plenty more information. Showing his date of birth as 22nd December 1922 and also showing just how lucky he was, transferring from the 129th Cavalry Regiment to the rear for pilot training only one week before the outbreak of the war.
Unfortunately it also exposes a missing Berlin and Japan.
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A bilingual Mandate for him as a delegate of the IV Conference of the Trade Union of workers of Power Stations and Electrical Industry of the Arm SSR.

A one-sided bilingual Mandate as a Delegate of the XVI Party Conference of the Stalin Region of Erevan Organisation of the Communist Party Of Armenia.
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Re: Mel'konjan, Keram Mamikonovich, Pilot, 106th Guards Storm Regiment, Victory Parad

His Volunteer People's Squad Badge was issued by the Stalin Region of Erevan on 15th November 1960.
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