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Kushnikov Valerian Ivanovich

Born November 21, 1925 in the village. Nizhnevartovsk (now Nizhnevartovsk). In May 1943 he was drafted into the ranks of the Red Army. After a three-month course, he went to the front. Combat route: from October 1943 to May 1945 an air gunner as part of the 820th Assault Aviation Regiment. He participated in military operations to liberate Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and reached Berlin. During the war, he flew 81 combat missions. Wounded in the right leg. Awards: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st degree; medal "For Courage", "For the Liberation of Prague", "For the Capture of Berlin", "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945." He lived in Khanty-Mansiysk since 1950. For 23 years he worked in the district communications center. Died May 19, 1973.