Boris Mikhailovich Alekseyev
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class nr. 43720 was posthumously awarded by Order of the 7th Fighter Corps of May 12, 1944 to the 20-year-old Junior Lieutenant Boris Mikhailovich Alekseyev (Борис Михайлович Алексеев), a fighter pilot in the 9th Fighter Regiment, 304th Fighter Division, 7th Fighter Corps, 5th Air Army, 2nd Ukrainian Front.
When Alekseyev's regiment was placed under the newly organized 304th Fighter Division, it was equipped with 32 American Lend-Lease Bell P-39 Airacobra's.
Junior Lieutenant Alekseyev was killed in action on January 15, 1944.
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Last name: Alekseyev
Home address: 7th Fighter Corps, 2nd Ukrainian Front. City of Yegoryevsk, Moscow Oblast
1. Year of birth: 1923
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1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Alekseyev, Boris Mikhailovich
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class (posthumously)
4. Year of birth: 1923
During the combat operations in the sector of the 2nd Ukrainian Front between October 6, 1943 and January 15, 1944, he flew 45 successful combat sorties, namely 34 sorties covering ground troops, 9 sorties escorting Pe-2 bombers, and 2 sorties reconnoitering enemy forces. He was involved in 10 aerial battles, during which he personally shot down 8 German aircraft: 2 Me 109s, 2 Fw 190s, 2 He 111s, and 2 Ju 87s.
On October 16, 1943, while covering ground troops near Mishurin Rog, he downed one enemy Fw 190 aircraft, which crashed in the Mishurin Rog area, north of Osinovatka, which has been confirmed by ground troops.
On October 19, 1943, while covering ground troops near Popelnastoye, he shot down an enemy He 111 aircraft, which crashed near Popovka, which has been confirmed by two pilots, Senior Lieutenant Sapronov and Guards Lieutenant Colonel Timofeyev.
On November 29, 1943, while escorting Pe-2 bombers toward the village of Znamenka, he shot down an enemy Me 109 aircraft, which crashed 1 kilometer northwest of the village of Dyanov, which has been confirmed by two pilots, Guards Lieutenant Shikunov and Guards Junior Lieutenant Vasilyev.
On November 30, 1943, while covering ground troops near Cherkassy, he shot down an enemy Fw 190 aircraft, which crashed near the village of Yurchikha, which has been confirmed by two pilots, Junior Lieutenants Lepelenko and Fanin.
On January 7, 1944, while covering ground troops near the city of Kirovograd, he shot down an enemy He 111 aircraft, which crashed in the area northwest of Kirovograd, which has been confirmed by residents of the village of Berezhinka (Dyadyura and Makovoi).
On January 8, 1944, while covering ground troops near Kirovograd, he shot down an enemy Me 109 aircraft, which crashed 1 kilometer southwest of the village of Chernyakovka, which has been confirmed by two pilots, Guards Senior Lieutenant Leonov and Junior Lieutenant Prigonnikov.
January 15, 1944 saw Junior Lieutenant Alekseyev’s final sortie. Covering ground troops near Gruznoye and Kirillovka, our flight, consisting of four P-39 aircraft led by Guards Senior Lieutenant Leonov, encountered 30 Ju 87s near the target, escorted by 12 Me 109s. They engaged in an arduous battle with the numerically superior enemy forces. During the engagement the formation shot down 7 German aircraft. Junior Lieutenant Alekseyev personally downed 2 Ju 87s, which crashed 2-3 kilometers southwest of Velyka Vyska, which has been confirmed by men of the Trophy Team of the 214th Kremenchug Division.
While withdrawing from an attack on a number of Ju 87 aircraft, our formation was attacked by the escorting enemy Me 109 fighters. During the enemy fighter attack Junior Lieutenant Alekseyev was shot down. His aircraft crashed down in flames in the area northwest of Blagodatnoye.
Conclusion: For personally shooting down 8 enemy aircraft – 2 Me 109s, 2 Fw 190s, 2 He 111s, and 2 Ju 87s –, for flying 56 successful combat sorties, and for displaying bravery and courage in the process, he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class posthumously.
Commanding officer of the 9th Fighter Regiment
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class nr. 43720, obverse and reverse
A Bell P-39 Airacobra flown in Ukraine in 1944 by a 7th Fighter Corps pilot
Velyka Vyska, the area where Boris Alekseyev crashed
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