Ivan Kozhedub

1920 - 1991

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Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub (Russian: Иван Hикитович Кожедуб; Ukrainian: Іван Микитович Кожедуб; 8 June 1920 – 8 August 1991) was a Soviet World War II fighter ace. Credited with over 60 solo victories by most historians, he is considered to be the highest scoring Soviet and Allied fighter pilot of World War II. He is one of the few pilots to have shot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on three occasions (4 February 1944, 19 August 1944, and 18 August 1945). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Kozhedub has received more than 254,348 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ivan Kozhedub is the 12th most popular pilot, the 121st most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 137th in 2019) and the most popular Ukrainian Pilot.

Ivan Kozhedub is most famous for his victories in World War II. He is credited with shooting down 352 aircraft, which is the most of any Allied fighter pilot.

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Among pilots, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 12 out of 48Before him are Roland Garros, Ernst Udet, Adolf Galland, Francis Gary Powers, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, and Chesley Sullenberger. After him are Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Joseph Kittinger, Chuck Yeager, and Valery Chkalov.

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Among people born in 1920, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 60Before him are John Harsanyi, Tom of Finland, P. D. James, Sergei Bondarchuk, George Armitage Miller, and Baruj Benacerraf. After him are Arthur Hailey, Setsuko Hara, Alicia Alonso, Jaan Kross, Peter D. Mitchell, and Albert Barillé. Among people deceased in 1991, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 43Before him are Wilhelm Kempff, Natalia Ginzburg, Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Tom of Finland, W. Arthur Lewis, and Tony Richardson. After him are Richard Stone, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, George Stigler, Gene Tierney, Jerzy Kosiński, and Gene Roddenberry.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 121 out of 913Before him are Yevgeny Primakov (1929), Ephraim Katzir (1916), Sergei Bondarchuk (1920), Leo Kanner (1894), Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580), and Sviatopolk II of Kiev (1050). After him are Georgy Gapon (1870), Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900), Sofia Rotaru (1947), and Mikhail Kirponos (1892).

Among PILOTS In Ukraine

Among pilots born in Ukraine, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 1After him are Amet-khan Sultan (1920), Igor Volk (1937), Natalya Meklin (1922), and Janina Lewandowska (1908).