Aleliukhin, Aleksei Vasil’evich
Born Mar. 30, 1920, in the village of Kesova-Gora in Tver Province, now Kalinin Oblast. Military pilot, colonel; twice Hero of the Soviet Union (Aug. 24 and Nov. 1, 1943). Member of the CPSU since 1942. Member of the Soviet army since 1938; graduate of the V. P. Chkalov Air Force School (1939).
Aleliukhin was a pilot at the start of the Great Patriotic War. Subsequently he commanded a small air unit and was deputy commander of the Ninth Guard Fighter Regiment. He completed 600 operational flights (near Odessa, Rostov, in the southern Ukraine, and Germany). He participated in 258 air fights, in which he shot down 40 planes personally and 17 planes as a member of a group. After the war he graduated from the Frunze Military Academy and the Academy of the General Staff. He is presently engaged in responsible work in the Soviet army. He has been awarded two Orders of Lenin, three Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Suvorov Third Class, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, two Orders of the Red Star, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and various medals.