Soviet pilot ace Fedor Shikunov and his P-39 “Airacobra”

Fedor Shikunov, P-39 Airacobra

Fedor Shikunov, ace pilot, squadron commander of the 69th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment stands on the wing of his plane P-39 “Airacobra”. The title of Hero of Russia posthumously, in 1996 (Presidential Decree №619 from 02.05.1996), after numerous appeals of fellow soldiers.

Fedor Shikunov was born in 1921. Since 1939 the Red Army. Fedor Shikunov In 1940 he graduated from Taganrog military pilots flying school named after Valery Chkalov and was left in the same school as an instructor pilot.

Fedor Shikunov war began lieutenant. In the army since October 5, 1943. Fedor Shikunov From October 1943 to March 1945, fought in the 69 th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. He flew the P-39 “Airacobra”.

Fedor Shikunov Total executed 206 combat sorties, 52 air battles shot down 25 enemy aircraft. (M. Yu. Bykov in their research discovered documentary evidence on 21 personal and group 1 victory).
March 15, 1945, Guard Captain Fedor Shikunov was shot down by ground fire and died. He was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, the Red Banner (twice), Red Star and medals.
In 1998, for courage and military prowess by presidential decree, shown during the Great Patriotic War Fedor Shikunov posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation.
Colonel General Aviation A.G. Ritov in his memoirs, “The Knights of the fifth ocean” mentioned as excoriated about breaking the assignment of titles and awards in the 6th bomber division, including and presentation to the rank of the Hero Fedor Shikunov downed 25 German planes. And that in the future with awards and titles was cleaned up … But, unfortunately, he was mistaken, Fedor Shikunov title of Hero of the time and has not received.

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