Mikhail Borisovich Kopirovsky

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 456804 was awarded by Order of the 16th Air Army of June 17, 1945 to the 35 or 36-year-old Major Mikhail Borisovich Kopirovsky (Михаил Борисович Копировский), the chief of staff of the 157th Fighter Regiment, 234th Fighter Division, 6th Fighter Corps, 16th Air Army, 1st Belorussian Front.


Record card

Order booklet nr. 102174

1. Last name: Kopirovsky
2. First name and patronymic: Mikhail Borisovich
3. Military rank: Major
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1909
6. Place of birth: City of Gomel, Byelorussian SSR
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1931
8. Education: Secondary
9. Nationality: Jewish
10. Since which year in the Red Army: Since October 1931
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Chief of staff of the 157th Fighter Regiment
12. Current place of service and position: Chief of staff of the 157th Fighter Regiment
13. Home address of the awardee: 63 Kirov Street, apartment 18, city of Gomel

14. List of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Medal for Combat Merit

103201

Permanent certificate nr. 030627

Order of the Kalinin Front nr. 0459 of November 6, 1942

Order of the Red Star

144872

Order booklet nr. 102174

Order of the 3rd Air Army nr. 030 of February 17, 1943

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class

223770

Temporary certificate nr. B-688948

Order of the 16th Air Army nr. 126/N of July 29, 1944

Medal for Combat Merit

1560183

Temporary certificate nr. 098734

Decree of November 3, 1944

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class [citation]

456804

Temporary certificate nr. Zh-586694

Order of the 16th Air Army nr. 253/N of June 17, 1945

Order of the Red Star

2642860

Order booklet nr. 102174

Decree of November 5, 1946

Medal for the Defense of Leningrad

/

AD-77146

Decree of December 5, 1944

Medal for the Capture of Berlin

/

A-032354

Decree of June 9, 1945

Medal for the Liberation of Warsaw

/

A-057882

Decree of June 9, 1945

Medal for the Victory over Germany

/

D-0095377

Decree of May 9, 1945

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):

Commander of the 157th Fighter Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Tkolenko/
August 26, 1946


Award sheet

1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Kopirovsky, Mikhail Borisovich
2. Rank: Major
3. Position and unit: Chief of staff of the 157th Brest Red Banner Fighter Regiment
Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner
4. Year of birth: 1909
5. Nationality: Jewish
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1931
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War (where and when): Has been participating in the Patriotic War since June 1941, serving on the Leningrad, Kalinin, Central, and Belorussian Front
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1931
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Career officer
11. Awards received previously (for which accomplishments and when): Order of the Red Star in 1943; Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class in 1944; and Medal for Combat Merit for long service in the Red Army in 1944
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: 28 Savelyev Street, city of Kurgan, Chelyabinsk Oblast

Short, concrete description of his feat of arms or accomplishments:

He has been participating in the Patriotic War since day one, serving on the Leningrad, Kalinin, Central, and Belorussian Front.

For organizing the regiment's combat actions in an efficient manner, thus supporting 2416 combat sorties and the downing of 136 enemy aircraft by our pilots in aerial combat, he was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class in July 1944.

Since July 1944, when he was last decorated, Major Kopirovsky supported another 2302 combat sorties and the downing of 126 enemy aircraft by our pilots through his tireless efforts under combat conditions and his persistent organization of an efficient command system.

Throughout the combat missions he systematically and skillfully organized the pilots' military training, during which 1225 sorties were flown and 19 young pilots were put into service to conduct combat operations.

On a daily basis his tireless efforts improve the level of the staff duties, ensuring that the military tasks assigned to the staff, being the commander's command element, are carried out successfully and according to plan.

Repeatedly replacing the commander, he organized the regiment's combat operations perfectly. Through his tireless efforts he contributed to the successful accomplishment of combat missions, as a result of which the regiment was awarded the Order of the Red Banner by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Major Kopirovsky showed an example of his tireless efforts on the Berlin axis and during the battle for the city of Berlin, where the regiment, as a result of having established an efficient command system, which involved units operating from various different airfields, flew 645 combat sorties and shot down 32 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, which was confirmed by ground forces.

For his selfless efforts and for organizing the duties of the staff in an orderly manner under combat conditions, thus supporting the 2302 combat sorties flown and the downing of 126 enemy aircraft in aerial combat since July 1944, Major Kopirovsky deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Commander of the 157th Brest Red Banner Fighter Regiment
Major [signed] /Tkachenko/
May 7, 1945



Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 456804, obverse and reverse



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