Yuri Gagarin in capsule

Born on March 9, 1934 Klushino in the Smolensk region, 160 kilometres to the west of Moscow, on a collective farm.

October 1942 German artillery shells Klushino, blowing up the mill and the church. German occupation begins.

Spring 1943, Yuri’s brother Valentin and sister Zoya abducted by SS to labour camps in Gdansk, escaped, met with Russian troops, and conscripted into Red Army, following advance deep into Germany.

March 9 1944 German troops retreat from Klushino

Late 1945 Valentin & Zoya return home

1946 Yuri inspired by ex-airman teacher

1950 Lyubertsy Steel Plant Apprentice School Foundryman; joins Saratov AeroClub

Spring 1955 Accepted Orenberg Pilot’s School as military cadet

March 26 1957 Ist solo jet flight Mig-15

Oct 4 1957 Sputnik is launched

Oct 27 1957 Marriage to Valya

Nov 6 1957 Qualifies from Orenberg, and posted Nikel airbase, Murmansk on Mig-15 reconnaissance detail

April 10 1959 Daughter Lena born.

October 1959 Examined for a secret and unspecified flight programme.

March 8 1960 Gagarin assigned to cosmonaut training.

June 18 1960  Yuri meets Sergei Korolev – The Chief Designer

July 28 1960 Chaika & Lisicha dog mission explodes after launch, witnessed by Yuri and the other cosmonauts

March 7 1961 Valentina has 2nd daughter Galya

April 7 Final selection of Gagarin to make first flight

April 12 Vostock 1 launch scheduled date

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  1. Viacheslav

    Guys, let me provide you a few corrections here.

    The occupation and liberation of the town of Gzhatsk and the villages began in October 1941 and ended in April 1943 (i.e. one year earlier than you wrote here). Russian Wiki cites the liberation date to be 9th of April 1943.

    Misspelling: the city is called Orenburg, not Orenberg. A further detail is that the city had then held the name of Chkalov, after the famous flyer Valery Chkalov, and was only renamed back in 1957. Chkalov was a cult personality and the symbol of Soviet achievements in air flight before the war and just after it, so you can’t really miss him if you do any literature work around that period.

    One more misspelling: the dogs were called Chaika and Lisichka (Lisichka means “little fox”).

    I generally advise to survey the Russian space-related sites, starting from Ru-Wiki, as there is a mass of information on all aspects of Soviet space exploration, Gagarin and pre-Gagarin missions.

    Wish you good luck.

  2. Emmanuel Yudovsky

    I’m pretty sure it’s Chaika and LisichKa, no Lishicha, because in Russian Lisishka means fox (Лисичка)and Lishicha (Лисича) doen’t mean anything, and people would think that it is a misspelling.

  3. Emmanuel Yudovsky

    I think that the first paragraph and the second paragraph should switch places because the first one is when Yuri Gagarin was born, in 1943, but then the next paragraph is when the Germans when into his village, which hapened (or as the website says) in 1942, so they should be switched around.

  4. P Hodkinson

    Hi Emmanuel and thank you for input. Yuri Gagarin was born in 1934 so I am not sure where 1943 comes from?

  5. Emmanuel Yudovsky

    Yes, P Hodkinson, you are correct. A typing mistake

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