Born in 1920 in the Ukraine, Ivan Kozhedub became the leading Soviet and Allied Ace of WWII. His first combat mission was on 26 March 1943, flying a LaG-5. In early May 1944, he flew the La-5N and in July 1944 he was assigned his famous 'white 27', La-7. It was in this
aircraft that Kozhedub scored a victory against a Me 262 on 19 February 1945, the scene depicted here.
Kozhedub was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medal twice during the war with the third on 18 August 1945