Alexander Fyodorovich Avdeyev

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Alexander Fyodorovich Avdeyev
Born 5 August 1916
Bolshaya Talinka, Tambov Governorate
Died 12 August 1942(1942-08-12) (aged 25)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Alexandr Fyodorovich Avdeev (Russian: Александр Фёдорович Авдеев; 5 August 1916 – 12 August 1942) was a Soviet fighter ace of World War II with 13 victories claimed. He participated in the Soviet-Finnish War (1939–1940) (Winter War). He was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union on 10 February 1943.

Early life

He was born in the village of Bolshaya Talinka in Tambov Governorate. In the 1930s his family had to move to Lyublino (now a district of Moscow). There he has graduated from factory-and-workshop school and worked as a metalworker in a foundry. After work he attended an Air club in Podolsk. In 1938 he joined the army and attended the Borisoglebsk Military Air College.

World War II

From the beginning of the German-Soviet War he served on the Leningrad Front with 153 IAP as a Leytenant and was later promoted to Starshiy Leytenant and Flight commander. In 1941 he claimed 7 victories in 189 missions. Piloting a Polikarpov I-153 biplane, he shot down a future high-scoring German ace Lt. Walter Nowotny of JG 54 over Saaremaa on 19 July 1941 in Bf 109 E-7 (W.Nr. 1137) “White 2” over Riga Bay. In that fight Avdeev's plane was also shot down and he subsequently spent a month in hospital due to injuries sustained during the crash.

In August 1942 he served as a P-39 Airacobra pilot on the Voronezh Front. On 12 August 1942 he was the first Airacobra pilot who used a ramming attack to down an opponent. His victim was possibly Fw. Franz Schulte of 6./JG 77, an ace with 46 victories. Both pilots were later buried in Novaya Usman', a village near Voronezh.

Avdeev was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of the Red Star.

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