Ivan Akimovich Pishchenko
Medal for Courage nr. 117508 was awarded by Order of the 8th Air Army of December 19, 1942 to the 24-year-old Deputy Political Officer Ivan Akimovich Pishchenko, driver in and simultaneously the Secretary of the Komsomol Bureau of the 690th Airfield Service Battalion, 27th Airfield Basing District, 8th Air Army, Stalingrad Front.
Order booklet nr. 522585
1. Last name: Pishchenko
14. Record of all awards received:
Signature of the awardee: [signed]
I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):
Chief of the division's Personnel Section
Last name, first name and patronymic: Pishchenko, Ivan Akimovich
Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:
Throughout the Patriotic War comrade Pishchenko, being an excellent organizer and an energetic comrade, capable of taking initiative, was systematically given highly responsible combat tasks, which required maximum energy and strength to be accomplished. Pushing himself beyond his physical limits, comrade Pishchenko accomplished his tasks conscientiously and in a timely manner.
During the period in which the battalion was deployed to the Volchansk airfield, the battalion's equipment, ammunition, fuel, and lubricants were directly threatened as a result of the enemy's rapid advance. Comrade Pishchenko, located at the intermediate base at the Pervomaisky Sovkhoz, was given the task of organizing the evacuation of all equipment, 120 tons in total, to an alternate airfield, located 100 kilometers away. The mission was accomplished ahead of schedule, denying the enemy the opportunity to seize the valuable equipment. While servicing three night bomber aviation regiments at the "Bryansk Lipyagi" airfield, the battalion encountered exceptional difficulties in delivering ammunition, fuel, and lubricants, due to the insufficient number of transport vehicles and the absence of decent roads, compounded by rainy weather and the 130-kilometer distance to the mess points. All of this threatened the battalion's ability to fly combat sorties.
Leading the convoy delivering ammunition, comrade Pishchenko read the developing situation and worked for several days and nights on end without any rest or sleep, delivering ammunition, fuel, and lubricants. During this period he delivered 260 tons of bombs of various calibers. The aviation units' combat operations were supported.
As the officer in charge of transporting equipment and ammunition from the village of Aidar to the city of Rossosh, the twelve-vehicle convoy was forced to move in close proximity to the enemy. It became encircled. Despite the difficult situation, comrade Pishchenko displayed exceptional calm and without agitation, extricated the convoy to the battalion without any losses and in full order.
As the best group leader, he was additionally elected to be the Secretary of the battalion's Komsomol organization. During his short, two-month term in this position, the Komsomol organisation has significantly grown stronger and accepted some of the very best people. He is a young, rising communist, possessing boldness, bravery, and resourcefulness.
For his dedicated efforts and his skill, shown while carrying out combat tasks, comrade Pishchenko deserves to be nominated for the Medal for Courage.
Commander of the 690th Airfield Servicing Battalion
Military Commissar of the 690th Airfield Servicing Battalion
Senior Lieutenant Ivan Akimovich Pishchenko
Medal for Courage nr. 117508, obverse and reverse
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