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, chief of staff of the 157th Fighter Regiment, 234th Fighter Division, 6th Fighter Corps, 16th Air Army, 1st Belorussian Front.
Order booklet nr. 102174
1. Last name: Kopirovsky
14. List 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):
Commander of the 157th Fighter Regiment
1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Kopirovsky, Mikhail Borisovich
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
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 456804, obverse and reverse
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