Anatolij Topaller

Anatolij Topaller

Bomber pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, Heroes of the Soviet-Finnish war
Date of Birth: 13.11.1911
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Anatoly Topaller
  2. Heroic Actions and Awards
  3. Later Career and Personal Life

Biography of Anatoly Topaller

Anatoly Semenovich Topaller was a bomber pilot, a Hero of the Soviet Union, and a Hero of the Soviet-Finnish War. He was born on May 19, 1940. Topaller was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, Orders of the Patriotic War 1st Class, the Red Star, and several medals. He completed a seven-year school and worked as a modeler at a locomotive repair factory before joining the Red Army in 1929. Topaller became a member of the Communist Party in 1931 and graduated from the 2nd Krasnoznamennaya Military School of Pilots named after Ossoaviakhim in Borisoglebsk in 1935. He participated in the Soviet-Finnish War and commanded the squadron of the 3rd Light Bomber Regiment of the Air Force of the 8th Army. By March 1940, he had completed 25 combat missions for reconnaissance and bombing, inflicting significant damage to enemy forces. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Heroic Actions and Awards

On February 1, 1940, while carrying out a mission, Topaller's plane was shot down, and he made a forced landing on Lake Ilya-Lavayarvi. While other crews barraged the landing site and provided cover fire from machine guns, Senior Lieutenant Letuchiy landed his plane and rescued Topaller's crew. On May 19, 1940, Captain Anatoly Topaller was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Later Career and Personal Life

Afterwards, Topaller became the commander of a squadron at the Krasnodar Military Aviation School for Navigators and Navigational Officers. He was highly respected by all the cadets for his achievements during the Finnish War. In December 1940, the school switched to a one-year training program, resulting in a more intense schedule. Topaller lived in Gaysin, Vinnytsia Oblast and worked as the director of a district food processing plant. He was also granted the honorary citizenship of Gaysin. Topaller participated in the Great Patriotic War from August 1941 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1945.

He lived an honorable life, contributing to his community and leaving a lasting legacy as a decorated war hero and leader.