Andrey Egorovich Borovykh (Russian: Андре́й Его́рович Боровы́х) (1921-1989) was a Soviet Air Force flying ace during World War II, twice Hero of the Soviet Union and recipient of several other awards. Between 1969 and 1977, he commanded the Soviet Air Defence Forces (PVO) aviation units. Borovykh reached the rank of Colonel general.
He was born on October 30, 1921 in Kursk to a working class family. In 1936, he graduated from high school. In 1940, he joined the Red Army. He then graduated from the Chuguev Military Aviation School.
World War II
Borovykh flew during the Great Patriotic War fronts from December 1941. His operational range included Orel, Kursk, Gomel, Brest, Lviv, Warsaw, and Berlin. His missions involved intercepting enemy aircraft, providing cover for bombers, and aerial reconnaissance.
Borovykh was given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal. He was appointed commander of the 157th Fighter Regiment, which was part of the 273th Fighter Division, the 6th Fighter Aviation Corps, and the 16th Air Army, and made Junior Lieutenant. The numerous awards and honors were conferred upon Borovykh by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on August 24, 1943. His military feats were astounding. He made 341 successful sorties and participated in 55 air battles. He shot down 12 enemy planes. In his next 49 air battles Borovykh shot down 19 enemy planes, a feat that got him a second Gold Star medal on February 23, 1945.
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