Andrey Borovykh

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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.[1]

Early life

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.[1][2]

World War II

Andrey Borovykh flew for the 157th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 6th Fighter Aviation Corps of the 16th Air Army.[1]

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.[2]

Awards

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.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hero of the Soviet Union medal.png  Andrey Borovykh at the "Герои страны" ("Heroes of the Country") website (Russian)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Andrey Borovykh". ECC Sokolniki. Retrieved 23 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>