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# avmed105 Award medal `Ivan Kozhedub`

Award medal `I.N.Kozhedub Hero of Soviet Union Aviation Marshal` issued for distinguisher pilots of Soviet and Russian airforces.Mintage of these awards was very limited and this is a extremely rare piece of collectible related to name of legendary pilot of Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. Air Marshal Ivan Kozhedub was one of only two Soviet fighter pilots to be awarded the Gold Star of a Hero of the Soviet Union three times during World War II. The other, Aleksandr Pokryshkin, had flown from the German invasion in the summer of 1941 through the end of the war, during which time he scored 59 aerial victories in MiG3s, Bell Airacobras, Lavochkin La-5s and Yakovlev Yak-9Us. Ironically prevented from fighting because his skill as a pilot made him more useful as an instructor, Kozhedub did not fly his first combat mission until March 26, 1943. On February 19, 1945, he became the only Soviet pilot to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter and, on April 19, 1945, he downed two Focke-Wulf Fw-190s to bring his final tally to 62--the top Allied ace of the war. In contrast to Aleksandr Pokryshkin, Ivan Kozhedub is associated with a single fighter type, the series of radialengine, wooden aircraft designed by Semyen Lavochkin. The last of them, La-7 No. 27, has, like its pilot, survived to graceful retirement-in the airplane`s case at the Monino Air Museum. Price of medal-*Availability and price check by e-mail or call.*. Only one available.Please contact me to check availability.
 # avmed105            Award medal `Ivan Kozhedub` 1
 # avmed105            Award medal `Ivan Kozhedub` 2

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 December, 2002.