The family Talalikhina had two sons, both older than Victor, both served in aviation. It's dedicated his youthful enthusiasm — he wanted to become a pilot. First steps in aviation Talalikhin did the flying club. His instructor pointed out that the guy is flying well, but to increase the skills he needs a cool head. It is said that over time, this quality has been purchased and the next time not rendered a good service.
In 1938 Talalikhina called to serve in the army. In parallel with the service Victor studied at the Military Aviation School Borisoglebskaya pilots. His skills grew, flocked experience. Many noted that Victor Talalikhin is ambitious and logical decision during the flight.
As part of the 3rd Squadron Talalikhin regiment participated in the Soviet-Finnish War. Already in his own first aerial combat on the fighter-153 shot down enemy Victor plane, Command and earning the praise of his comrades. Satisfaction with the first victory over the enemy pilot remembered forever.
After a while Talalikhin again distinguished himself in battle. Now he had to cover their own aircraft commander, Misha Ivanovich Korolev, who led the prosecution of enemy aircraft under fire from anti-aircraft guns. Commander was in a very languid state: his plane shook off multiple explosions of shells. Was sitting on the tail of the enemy "Fokker", which has already managed to cause damage to the aircraft to the Queen.
Talalikhin without thinking rushed to the rescue of the commander, but to his tail and sat down, "Fokker". Victor, his sharp turn, freed from persecution, and then a longish burst of machine gun knocked out the enemy. After landing, the Queens Talalikhina heartily thanked for their help in the battle. On questioning command, as he had the courage to act so brave, Victor timidly replied that he had to save the life of the commander.
During hostilities on the Karelian Isthmus best friend Victor was Gumar Ayupov — such as a fearless pilot, as Talalikhin, utterly in love with his job. Gumar Victor was the same age. They quickly became friends, sleeping on beds adjacent to the dugout. Often they could catch together conversing about his childhood, adolescence, friends back home, relatives and friends of the people it. In the regiment they were considered inseparable friends.
But the war had brought their configuration in the case of Victor and friendly Gumar. During the sortie Aiupova plane was shot down and fell on the frozen lake Xuan-Jarvi. Pilot survived, but was seriously wounded. He was taken to the medical and sanitary battalion, which is under the cover of the forest. There he underwent surgery. His life was, it seemed, was out of danger. But the war has disposed differently. On the subsequent morning enemy aircraft bombed the battalion, despite the fact that the fine could discern a reddish honey cross from the air. Gumar Ayupov died. Bane other very saddened by Victor Talalikhina, he was very upset by this loss.
In the ensuing battle own Talalikhin rushed to another great zeal — was motivated by a desire to get even with the enemy for the destruction of wartime comrades. On the next day he shot down an enemy aircraft, adding a reddish star on the fuselage of the fighter's own. During the war against Finland Talalikhin 47 times commit combat sorties, shot down four aircraft, for which he was awarded the Order of the Red Star.
In March 1940 the Soviet-Finnish war ended. Talalikhin left for vacation, going home to his parents.
In the spring of 1941 Victor Talalikhin graduated with distinction training courses commanders aviazvenev and was appointed commander in the 177th Fighter Regiment. There he met an old frontline own friend, Misha Queen, who commanded the regiment.
In June the majestic Russian war. 177th Fighter Aviation Regiment took part in the defense of Moscow, protecting the city from the south-west. First dogfight was already adopted on July 25. In the last days of July Talalikhin appointed deputy commander of the first squadron. Work was substantially higher. Talalikhin personally conducted debriefing with each of his own subordinates, was generous in his praise in the address of those who deserved it, and objectively criticized for mistakes made during a combat mission.
The main feat Victor Talalikhina obvious that he made history, was the first night ram. At night August 7 He was ordered to climb into the sky to intercept Nazi bombers. Talalikhin sat on the tail "Heinkel -111". Despite the high quality maneuvers of the enemy, he managed to knock out one of the engines bombers. Soon the military reserves the plane Talalikhina ended. In the next moment he came up with a very bold idea — ram "Heinkel-111." He devoted himself to report that, perhaps, is to perish, but consoled himself with the fact that the Nazis would die four times. Victor plane crashed into the tail of a bomber, fighter threw, but Talalikhin able to bail out of a burning car and landed safely. Local residents assist him get to the part. August 8, 1941 for this feat brave pilot Victor Talalikhin awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Union was awarded the medal "Gold Star" and the Order of Lenin. At that time, the fearless hero was only 22.
After this heroic deed Victor Talalikhin more than once differed during the fighting in the air. He has always been characterized by a clear shooting, his cool while operating a machine and sudden maneuvers to Nazi pilots. The highly anxious Talalikhin approached obligations own squadron commander, has always been very demanding, not suffered disruption and misconduct.
Dashing pilot died October 27, 1941 during another sortie. On that day six fighters covered our troops near the village of Kamenka that about Podolsk. Led Talalikhina fighter aircraft engaged in battle "Messer" Me-109. Victor, driven by a characteristic courage he was able to bring down one of the planes, but was badly wounded in a battle in the head. After some time his plane fell.
Talalikhin buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow. In his honor, named streets in several cities in Russia (Moscow, Volgograd, Boris, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod). One of the ships of the Navy of the Russian Federation bears his name. In the town of Podolsk, near the site of the death of the pilot, set his monument.