Heroes 17/01/20 Alexander Pokryshkin”Stalin’s falcons” vs. Luftwaffe: as fought the best Soviet aces, Ivan Kozhedub
the War started in the spring of 1943, with the rank of Sergeant. Flew the La 5FN and La-7. Enemy aircraft shot down 62, in 1945, was by mistake attacked by two American fighters P-51 Mustang and shot down both. The number of downed aircraft 16 fighters Bf.109 and jet Me.262. The rest of the downed aircraft reconnaissance, bombers and attack aircraft (including FW.190). Three times Hero of the Soviet Union, first won the title in 1944, over 20 individual victories. At the end of the war in the rank of major and held the position of Deputy commander of the regiment.
Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin
started the War in the rank of Lieutenant. The first of the downed plane was a Soviet bomber su-2, piloted by Ivan Pstygo (future hero of the Soviet Union and Marshal of aviation). First flew on the MiG-3, 1942, the fighter P-39 Airacobra. Officially shot down 59 aircraft in person and 6 in the group, but references M. Bykov presents data on 46 victories. Three times hero of the Soviet Union, the first rank received in April 1943. At the end of the war he commanded the 9th guards division in the rank of Colonel.
Nikolay Dmitrievich Gulaev
the War started with January 1942. Flew fighter P-39 Airacobra. Personally shot down 55 enemy aircraft (two RAM) and 5 in the group. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in September 1943, for personally 13, and 5 in the group of downed aircraft. The war ended with the rank of major in the position of Navigator fighter wing.
Gregory A. Rechkalov
Fought from the first day of the war. The first German plane was shot down by a missile. In the beginning of the war flew fighter I-153 “Chaika”, then on I-16, in 1942 a P-39 Airacobra. Data on the number of downed aircraft vary. Officially shot down 56 aircraft in person and 6 in the group. At according to M. Bykov, personally shot down the plane 61, but the data was lost in the lost document for the 41st year. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in may 1943. At the end of the war he held the position of inspector in piloting fighter air corps with the rank of major.
At the front in March 1943, had previously served as an instructor in the far East in the rank of Sergeant. Flew fighter La 5FN and later La-5F. Personally shot down 53 enemy aircraft and 3 in the group. It is believed that one aircraft was not counted. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in August 1944. The war ended with the rank of captain in the office of the squadron commander.
Arseny Vasilievich Vorozheikin
In the fighting took part from August 1942 as squadron commander, it has been in the Transcaucasian area. Previously fought on Khalkhin-Gaulle, where he shot down 6 enemy aircraft. He flew fighter planes I-16, Yak-7 and Yak-9. Personally shot down 52 aircraft (including 6 Japanese) and 14 in the group. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in February 1944. At the end of the war as a senior instructor-pilot of the Main Directorate of combat training of frontline aviation of the red army in the rank of Colonel.
Dmitry Borisovich Glinka
the War began in January 1942. He flew MiG-3, P-39 Airacobra and La-7. Just shot down 50 enemy aircraft. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in April 1943 for 19 victories. The war ended with the rank of major as Deputy commander of the regiment.
Alexander Ivanovich Koldunov
At the front in may 1943 in 594-m assault aviation regiment. Later in fighter aircraft, fly on the Yak-1, Yak-9 and Yak-3. During the war he personally shot down 46 enemy aircraft. Not counted in the number of victories the American fighter P-38 Lightning was shot down in November 1944 during a mistaken attack by American aircraft a column of Soviet troops in Yugoslavia. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first rank has in August of 1944. The war ended with the rank of captain in the office of the squadron commander.
Nikolai Mikhailovich Skomorokhov
At the front in December 1942. Flew fighter jets LaGG-3 and La-5. Personally shot down 46 planes and 8 in the group. Never was wounded, his plane did not burn and was not shot down. Twice hero of the Soviet Union, the first title was awarded in February 1945 for 25 personal victories and 8 in the group. The war ended with the rank of captain in the office of the squadron commander.
Georgy Dmitrievich Kostylev
Started the war commander aviation of the Baltic fleet. He flew Polikarpov I-16, then the LaGG-3, from may to November 1942 in English Hurricane, then the La-5. Accurate data on the downed aircraft vary from 43 to 54 aircraft. The most successful pilot of naval aviation. In April 1942, has hero of the Soviet Union, in 1943, he was presented again, but because of the incident demoted in rank and stripped of awards. Was later reduced in rank, the award was returned, but the second the title Character is not appropriated. Served as the prototype of the hero of the novel “the Baltic sky”. He ended the war as chief inspector of the air force of the Baltic Fleet.
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