In Operation Little Saturn, after Sgt. Kuznetsov said that he was going to take his tank into a warehouse for cover while making repairs, Gavrilov radioed nearby units and announced that he and others were pinned by down by German Panzershreck units in that very warehouse.
Once the warehouse was cleared with help from Maj. Badanov, Sgt. Kastropimska, Pvt. Troyagus and Pvt. Kaberanev, Gavrilov then organized an armored rush on the Tatsinskaya hangars and runway.