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Ivan Kozhedub

1920 - 1991

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Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub or Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (Russian: Иван Hикитович Кожедуб; Ukrainian: Іван Микитович Кожедуб; 8 June 1920 – 8 August 1991) was a Soviet World War II fighter ace. Universally credited with over 60 solo victories, 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, and the first Soviet pilot to have done so. 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 382,276 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Ivan Kozhedub is the 12th most popular pilot, the 126th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 121st 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 Adolf Galland, Hanna Reitsch, Ernst Udet, Francis Gary Powers, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, and Chesley Sullenberger. After him are Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Chuck Yeager, Valery Chkalov, and Mathias Rust.

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Among people born in 1920, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 55Before him are Walter Nowotny, Gunnar Gren, Frank Sheeran, E. Donnall Thomas, George Porter, and Lawrence Klein. After him are Alicia Alonso, Isaac Stern, Prem Tinsulanonda, Peter D. Mitchell, Ștefan Kovács, and Jack Elam. Among people deceased in 1991, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 41Before him are Wilhelm Kempff, Arno Breker, Leo Fender, Don Siegel, Gunnar Gren, and Richard Stone. After him are Tony Richardson, Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Princess Ileana of Romania, Salvador Luria, Tom of Finland, and James Irwin.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 126 out of 1,083Before him are Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842), Catherine Dolgorukov (1847), Dmitry Bortniansky (1751), Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902), Ivan Sirko (1610), and Mikhail Kirponos (1892). After him are Otto Preminger (1905), Anatoly Lunacharsky (1875), Ephraim Katzir (1916), Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900), Moshé Feldenkrais (1904), and Mikhail Ostrogradsky (1801).

Among PILOTS In Ukraine

Among pilots born in Ukraine, Ivan Kozhedub ranks 1After him are Igor Volk (1937), Janina Lewandowska (1908), Polina Osipenko (1907), and Natalya Meklin (1922).