Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, commander of the 159th Fighter Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Pokryshev during the reading of the order. In the background, the La-5 fighter. 1944.
Pokryshev Petr Afanasievich – a participant in the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940, the Great Patriotic War from the first days. A total of 282 combat sorties, participated in 50 air battles, shot down 22 enemy aircraft personally and 7 in the group. The title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded in February and August 1943. In August 1943 during the training flight he got into a plane crash and was injured, because of which he could no longer fly out to combat missions.