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    $18,000.00 Certificate for the Marshal Star and the Rank of Supreme Marshal of Air Force, with original case of issue Awarded in 1984 to Aleksandr Koldunov, the eighth highest scoring Soviet fighter ace of WW2, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, and supreme commander of the Soviet Air Defense in the late 70s through late 80s when he became a central figure in two historical debacles: the destruction of Korean Air flight 007 and Mathias Rust's landing in Red Square.

    $14,950.00 Group of Two Decorations, Three Documents and Three Photos of a Hero of the Soviet Union Il-2 Shturmovik pilot of the Volkhov / Leningrad Front. He destroyed a massive number of enemy targets in 99 ground attack missions. The group includes Gold Star Medal #5330 and a scarce Type 5 Var. 2 Lenin (without the "dimple"), #26418 which was issued with the Star in February 1945. The documents are Order Booklet, Large Hero Certificate, and recipient's military Photo ID from 1949. Included are also two large original wartime photos of him wearing his decorations (one of them taken before he earned his Hero Star) and an excellent group photo of his comrades- in-arms. The medals and all the documents are in very fine / excellent condition, much better than average.

    $795.00 Hero of the Soviet Union Photo ID (aka "Small Certificate" for the Title of Hero), 1949 issue to a WW2 fighter ace. A deputy fighter squadron commander, he completed 327 combat sorties and shot down 19 enemy airplanes. He started flying combat missions in May 1943 and soon scored his first aerial victories - one of them by ramming a German Bf-109 fighter! The Title of Hero was bestowed upon him relatively late, in February 1948, apparently after all the WW2 documentation could be finally found revealing that he was indeed eligible for a Hero Star. The document is in very good condition.

    $2,650.00 Complete Documented Group of 3 Orders including Lenin, Red Banner and Patriotic War 2nd cl., all of them issued before the end of WW2. Awarded to a Lieutenant Colonel, commander of a Naval Air Base of the Northern Fleet. He maintained the air fields in perfect condition despite arctic weather thus ensuring seamless operations and excellent combat results of the naval aviators that used them. The order booklet contains a nice photo of the recipient wearing his decorations. A very attractive WW2 group. Comes with copies of award recommendations and partial service record.

    $5,800.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 2, Var. 2 (screw back with Monetnyi Dvor mint mark), #1370, awarded in November 1942 to a Sergeant Major, a rear gunner / radio operator of a Pe-2 dive bomber of the Kalinin Front. By September 1942, he had completed a total of 151 combat missions, most of them for aerial reconnaissance. On one of his early missions of the war he shot down a German fighter with assistance of two other gunners of his bomber group. The fact that he was decorated with a Second Order of the Red Banner is an exceptionally rare case: almost all recipients of consecutive Red Banner awards were commissioned officers, not NCOs. The decoration itself is a beautiful early piece with some highly uncommon features. Comes with archival research.

    $6,500.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 2, Var. 2 (Monetnyi Dvor screw back), #2395, August 1943 issue to a bomber pilot and commander of a night bomber regiment. He flew a total of 254 combat missions - many of them in support of the Soviet ground troops during the battle of Kursk. The order is fine to very fine condition, with minor repairs to enamel but never converted to suspension. Comes with comprehensive archival research and English translation.

    $950.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 5, Var. 2, #22448, awarded in 1953 to an Air Force Colonel. In excellent condition. The recipient fought in the "Winter War" against Finland as a bomber pilot and served for most of the Patriotic War as chief navigation inspector with various fronts and military districts. Comes with archival research and a copy of recipient's WW2 order booklet which has a nice early photo of him.

    $5,800.00 Order of the Red Banner 4th Award, Type 5, Var. 1, #2058, awarded in 1952 to an Air Force Major General, a Hero of the Soviet Union who had earned a Hero Star in the 1939-40 Winter War against Finland. In 1937-38 he flew 113 combat missions on a TB bomber in the Spanish Civil War. In the early part of the Patriotic War he commanded a bomber regiment and took part in nearly all the major defensive battles including Leningrad, Polar Region, Moscow, Caucasus, and Stalingrad. He continued to fly combat sorties throughout the war to train and lead other pilots, and by the V-Day had added 73 combat missions to his already impressive pre-war tally. After the war, he continued to serve in the Air Force, graduated from the General Staff Academy and in 1953, took part in the purge of the Air Force of the Moscow District following the arrest of its commander Vasiliy Stalin (son of late Joseph Stalin.) Eventually he rose to an Air Corps commander and retired only in 1973 having the rank of Lieutenant General.
    The order is in excellent condition. Comes with archival research and copy of the article about the article about the recipient in the catalog "Heroes of the Soviet Union". A scarce fourth consecutive Red Banner award to an extremely interesting individual!

    $660.00 Order of the Patriotic War 1st class, Type 2 Var. 1, #37956, awarded in June 1944 to a pilot of medical aviation squadron. The award was for flying large number of missions carrying wounded soldiers - including VIP officers of the 16th Air Army - from the front lines to the rear and for delivering blood for transfusions to combat units. Earlier in the war, he was also decorated with a Patriotic War 2nd cl. for missions flown during the battle of Stalingrad. The order is in very fine condition. Comes with comprehensive archival research.

    $1,500.00 Order of the Red Star, Type 3 Var. 2 Sub-var. 2 ("Large Mondvor" version), #6099, awarded in January 1939 to a flight mechanic / engineer of a Soviet aviation unit deployed in north China. In 1937-39, he participated as a "volunteer" in the special secret mission assisting Chiang Kai-shek in fighting against the Japanese - a Soviet version of the U.S. Flying Tigers. In fine overall condition. Comes with original photo of the recipient and a copy of the service record. A highly unusual award!

    $490.00 Order of the Red Star, Type 4 with screw post base variation, #22137, extremely early, October 1941 issue to a pilot and political commissar of a long range bomber regiment. The recipient later became a major general, and after his retirement in 1959 worked as senior advisor of the Soviet War Veterans Committee. Beautiful and scarce piece in very fine to excellent condition. Comes with archival research.

    $1,400.00 Badge of a Red Army Air Force Pilot-Instructor, 1945-1949. Extremely scarce badge in outstanding condition.

    $1,300.00 School of Reconnaissance Pilots and Military Navigators, graduation badge, 1938-1941. Extremely attractive badge in very fine overall condition.

    $290.00 School of Air Force Mechanics graduation badge, 1938-41. A superb example with silver finish intact. Includes scarce original screw plate.

    $450.00 Naval Air Force Engineers School graduate, 1944 type, 1944- 1954 issue. In very fine to excellent condition, much better than the average for this badge.

    $560.00 Naval Air Force School graduate badge, 1944 type, 1944-1954. An attractive example of scarce WW2 naval aviator's wings in very fine overall condition. Includes original screw plate.

    $350.00 Air Force pilot leather helmet, mid to late-1930s. In chocolate brown leather, type with longer flaps, fine fleece lining. Large size, approx. 59-60 (US 7 1/2). In superb condition.

    $275.00 Pilot's leather helmet, late WW2 pattern with earphone covers. Approx. size 58. A very scarce model in fair condition.

    $85.00 Soviet Aviator's Leather Flight Mask, circa 1941. A very unusual part of the pilot's kit designed for flying in unheated cockpit in cold weather. In near mint condition.

    $1,150.00 M 1941 dress mundir tunic for a Cadet of a Red Army Air Force School, dated 1942. During the Patriotic War, this was a standard everyday uniform of pilots in training (those who would replace the old generation of Soviet aviators decimated by the Luftwaffe in the first weeks and months of the war). In good condition and includes original, unaltered collar tabs.

    $1,175.00 WW2 era Soviet Air Force pilot's leather coat. Large size in very good to excellent condition. The classic Soviet WW2 flight jacket.

    $740.00 Soviet Air Force pilot's leather coat, circa 1930s / WW2. Black leather, full length, with a sturdy cotton liner. Medium size, approximately US size 38.

    $995.00 Soviet Military Aviator's Leather Flight Jacket, circa mid 1940s - early 50s. Clearly copied from the American A-2 but all Soviet made. Size Medium / Large. Fine quality, extremely uncommon WW2 - early Cold War piece in excellent condition.

    $550.00 Soviet Tanker's or Aviator's Leather Breeches, circa 1930s- early 40s. A very scarce pair of pants in good condition.

    $25.00 Air Force private shoulder boards, sewn-on type , 1940s, mint unissued.

    $170.00 Fur trimmed pilot's winter gauntlets, circa 1940s.

    $275.00 Pilot's fur winter gloves, early or pre-WW2

    $145.00 Airman's gauntlets, circa 1930s-40s

    $150.00 Award Document for a Defense of Stalingrad Medal, awarded in July 1943 to a female Captain in a fighter air regiment. The recipient was in charge of the Chemical Warfare department of the regiment and was also involved with "operational work" - i.e. intelligence operations. A highly unusual early issue to a female combatant!

    $120.00 Award Document for a Defense of Stalingrad Medal, issued in September 1943 to the chief signals of a regiment of SB bombers and Pe-2 dive bombers. Beside the battle for Stalingrad, he also took part in the battle of Kursk. During the same month of September, he was awarded with an Order of the Red Star as a cumulative decoration for distinction at Stalingrad and Kursk and for flying five combat missions (a photocopy of the award commendation is included). The award document is in good to very good condition.

    $80.00 Unit citation to a combat aviator for taking part in the capture of the German port city of Swinemunde in May 1945, on one of the last days of the war. Vivid artwork depicting Il-4 airplanes raining bombs on a western city.

    $270.00 Military Photo ID of a bomber navigator, an ethnic Jew. He had extensive Airborne Assault training and flew combat missions with a heavy bomber unit attached to Airborne troops. The ID contains very detailed WW2 service and award record. An extremely interesting and unusual document!

    $740.00 Group of 3 log books of Colonel Dmitriy Petrov, WW2 Naval Air Force fighter pilot.

    $2,900.00 Official 1944 Bell Aircraft Corporation Technical Data report on the P-63 Kingcobra fighter, as provided to the Research Institute of the Air Force of the Red Army. Shows results of all tests performed by Soviet AF pilots who came to the US. Kingcobras became successful tankbusters for the Soviets. Fascinating document and a rare piece of aviation history.

    $295.00 Highest Officer School of Aerial Combat, certificate of graduation, November 1946. A highly uncommon document in ID booklet format issued to a fighter pilot. Hand-signed by Air Force General, a Hero of the Soviet Union, who commanded the school at the time.

    $95.00 Group of 2 posthumous documents to a fighter pilot Captain Mikhail Dovgan, awarded with an Order of the Red Banner in 1939 for fighting against the Japanese in Mongolia, and killed in a plane crash in 1940, while still on his tour of duty in Mongolia.

    $50.00 Spin Recovery Instruction for R-1 reconnaissance airplane pilots, mid 1930s

    $40.00 Aviators group original photo, showing winter flight gear. Large format.

    $35.00 Original group photo of aviators resting on an airfield, circa 1941. Shows 10 airmen dressed in M 40 summer uniforms.

    $25.00 Original Photo of mechanics and pilots unfolding a monoplane trainer, circa late 1930s

    $34.00 Original photo from WW2 negative. Two aviators in winter gear studying their assignment.

    $30.00 Soviet pilots reporting to a commanding officer after a training flight. Circa late 1930s.

    $240.00 Combat Pencil series, #36: "Combat Friendship", poster illustrates the heroic rescue of a crash-landed bomber crew, approximately 24"x16", circa 1942.

    $235.00 Heroes of the Air War over Leningrad, the Complete and Original 1941 portrait portfolio.

    $60.00 Guards Major Vladimir Shalimov, single print from the "1941-1942 Glory to the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War " portrait series. Large 12" x 18" image.

    $60.00 Major Vasiliy Litvinov, single print from the "1941-1942 Glory to the Heroes of the Patriotic War" portrait series. Large 12" x 18" image.

    $39.00 Contemporary lithographic portrait of pilot Hero of the Soviet Union. Nice.

    $60.00 Lithograph portrait of Fighter ace Trofim Litvinenko, Hero of the Soviet Union. He shot down 23 enemy airplanes Leningrad Front, circa 1944. Proof image without the tan background seen on the final portraits of the circa 1944 "Heroes of Leningrad Front" series, published by the Political Department of the Leningrad Front.

    $50.00 Lithograph of portrait Fighter ace Trofim Litvinenko, Hero of the Soviet Union. One of the famous circa 1944 "Heroes of Leningrad Front" portrait series.

    $50.00 Lithograph of portrait Fighter ace Pyotr Pokryshev, twice Hero of the Soviet Union. He shot down 23 enemy airplanes Leningrad Front. Part of the "Heroes of Leningrad Front" series, circa 1944.

    $30.00 Pilot Mikhail Gromov, lithographic portrait. One of the very first Heroes of the Soviet Union, he became one of the most highly decorated Soviet pilots, with 5 Orders of Lenin, 4 Orders of Red Banner etc.

    $145.00 "Great October 60 Years," 4 ", 1977, porcelain medal commemorates the simultaneous anniversaries of the 1917 October Revolution and the famous Orshanskiy Fighter Air Regiment.

    $84.00 "History of Russian Aviation in Photographs" Russian and English text. 373 pages, big hardcover with stunning, high resolution photos on every page.

    $49.00 "Stalin's Eagles" Subtitled "An illustrated Study of the Soviet Aces of World War II and Korea". Hans D. Seidl c 1998, hard cover, 368 pp with photos of aces, uniforms, aircraft and insignia. A truly magnificent aviation book, highly recommended. English text.

    $120.00 "Uniforms of the Russian Air Force, Volume 1 (1890 - 1943)" , NEW and REVISED 2012 EDITION. This larger, 459-page volume is the first half of what is now a two-book series on Russian and Soviet air forces (formerly comprising three volumes). In Russian with English captions. Outstanding photos and documentary information. A serious reference work for the serious Air Force collector.

    $69.00 "Black Cross / Red Star - Air War Over the Eastern Front", Vol 3 - Everything for Stalingrad. English text. Hard cover with dust jacket, 280 pp. , 180 photos , 37 Aircraft Color Profiles. Highly recommended!

    $33.00 "Aleksandr Pokryshkin", Yuriy Ustinov. C. 2000, Moscow Patriot Publishing House. Large photo album documenting the Soviet Union's 2nd highest Ace and triple Hero of the Soviet Union. Russian text. Hard covered with dust jacket, 223 pp. Out of print.


       
     
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