Vasily Afonin

Vasily Maksimovich Afonin (Russian: Василий Максимович Афонин; 10 February 1919 – 4 January 1996) was a Soviet flying ace who fought in the German-Soviet War. He also participated in the Winter War of 1939–1940. During the German-Soviet War he fought with the 72nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, flying at various times the LaGG-3, Yak-1, Yak-7, Yak-9 and Yak-3.

Vasily Maksimovich Afonin
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Native name
Василий Максимович Афонин
Born10 February 1919
Mostovaya village, Tula Governorate, RSFSR
Died4 January 1996 (aged 76)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Air Force
Years of service1938–1955
Battles/warsWinter War
World War II
AwardsHero of the Russian Federation

Retiring at the rank of major, Afonin was officially credited with 14 personal and 3 shared victories over the course of 487 sorties.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Bykov, Mikhail (2014). Все асы Сталина. 1936 - 1953 гг (in Russian). Moscow: Yauza. pp. 69–70. ISBN 978-5-9955-0712-3.
  2. ^ a b Simonov, Andrey. "Афонин Василий Максимович". Retrieved 21 August 2020.