KULICHEV IVAN ANDREYEVICH
Senior Lieutenant of Guards, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union
(October 26, 1944)
He was born on August 29, 1920 in Yukori Baskunchak station (now an urban-type settlement of Akhtuba district of Astrakhan region) in a working-class family.
When he was a child, he lived in the city of Uralsk of Kazakhstan. There he worked as an accountant after graduating from labor school. In 1943 he graduated from the Perm Military Aviation Pilot School.
In 1940 he was drafted into the Red Army by the Tashkent Military Commissariat. During World War II, he was a unit commander of the 155th Guards Assault Air Regiment (the 9th Guards Assault Aviation Division of the 1st Guards Assault Aviation Corps of the 5th Air Force of the 2nd Ukrainian Front).
By the end of June 1944, it had made 176 combat sorties, destroyed 8 tanks, 38 vehicles, 5 railroad cars, destroyed 3 zenith batteries, and shot down two enemy aircraft.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of October 26, 1944, “For exemplary performance of combat duties, courage and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front”, Senior Lieutenant Kulichev Ivan was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
He died on August 28, 1979. He was buried in Kunsevo Cemetery in Moscow.