Kletnev, Pavel Kuzmich

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July 6, 2022

Pavel Kuzmich Kletnev (November 12, 1924, Ragozino, Laishevsky Canton, Tatar ASSR, RSFSR, USSR - May 20, 2022, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation) - Soviet soldier, Russian public figure. Member of the Great Patriotic War, Guard Sergeant of the USSR Airborne Forces. Known as a record-breaking skydiver who made his last jump at the age of 95.

Biography

Pavel Kuzmich Kletnev was born on November 12, 1924 in the village of Ragozino, Laishevsky Canton, Tatar ASSR. From a family of collective farmers. Grandfather Kalistrat was a serf, whom the master lost at cards together with his family and sent to the village of Kletni - from its name their surname went. After graduating from a seven-year school in the village of Smoldeyarovo, he moved to his older brother in Kazan. After the start of the Great Patriotic War, in 1941 he entered the 22nd Aviation Plant, where he was an apprentice fitter. He worked in the production of aircraft, frames for "Katyushas", at the same time he studied at an evening school. In August 1942, at the age of 18, he was drafted into the Red Army. After receiving the summons, straight from the factory, he went on foot home to the village to say goodbye to his parents, almost being late back to the draft. After two months of study at the regimental school of the 4th artillery anti-tank training regiment in the Gorohovets camps in the Gorky region, where he mastered the technique of handling 45-mm guns, he was sent to Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk region. There, after graduating from the artillery school, on November 7, 1942, he took the oath. In December 1942, he arrived at the Leningrad Front, where until May 1943, as part of the 1106th cannon-artillery regiment of the 67th Army, he took part in the battles for the defense of Leningrad, in attempts to lift the blockade of the city. In April 1943, as having a 7-grade education, he was sent from Leningrad to study at the Odessa Artillery School, which was evacuated at the Sukhoi Log station near Sverdlovsk. However, after the formation of the Airborne Forces of the USSR, after two months of study and without graduating from college, in July 1943 he was enrolled in the 8th brigade of the 9th Guards Airborne Division in the city of Teikovo, Ivanovo Region, where he prepared for war in the enemy rear, trained daily, learned to jump with a parachute. For�