Chronicle of war:

Thrice Heroes
Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub
Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub8. 6. 1920 - 8. 8. 1991

Ivan Kozhedub – Squadron Commander of the 240th Fighter Regiment (302th Fighter Division, 5th Air Army, the Steppe Front); Deputy Commander of the 176th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (302nd Fighter Division, 16th Air Army, the 1st Belorussian Front).

Born on June 8, 1920 in Obrazhievka village of Shostka district of the Sumy region of the Ukraine in a peasant family. Ukrainian. A member of the CPSU (B) / Communist Party in 1943 graduated from the College of Chemical Engineering and Shostka flying club.

In the Red Army since 1940. In 1941 he graduated from Chuguevsky Air Force Pilot School. He served as an instructor in it.

Since the beginning of World War II with flying school was evacuated to Central Asia. After numerous reports with the request to send to the front, his wish was granted. In November 1942, Sgt. Kozhedub arrived in Ivanovo to the 240th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the forming 302nd Fighter Division. In March 1943, the division left for the Voronezh Front.
Alexander Pokryshkin
Alexander Pokryshkin19. 3. 1913 - 13. 11. 1985

Alexander Pokryshkin is a fighter pilot and the first three-time Hero of the Soviet Union.

He was born on 6 (19) March 1913 in Novonikolayevsk (now Novosibirsk) in a working class family. Russian. CPSU member since 1942. In 1928, he graduated from school after 7 years. He worked as a roofer. After graduation he worked as a gage maker, in a factory.

In the Red Army since 1932. In 1933, he graduated from the third Perm military school of aeronautical engineering; in 1934 – Leningrad military-theoretical flying school. He served as a technician in the communication link of the 74th Infantry Division, stationed in Krasnodar. Simultaneously, he studied in the Krasnodar flying club. He wrote 40 reports to commanders, Air Force Commander, People's Commissar of Defense, till he had been sent to the 1st Kacha Military Aviation Pilot School named after A.F. Myasnikov, which he graduated summa cum laude in 1939.

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