Aviation of World War II
with the announcement of the regulations on awards and bonuses for the personnel of the Red Army Air Force, long-range aviation, air defense fighter aviation and the Air Force of the Navy
No. 294 October 8, 1943
REGULATIONS on awards and bonuses for the personnel of the Air Force of the Red Army, long-range aviation, air defense fighter aircraft, Air Force of the Navy for combat activities and the preservation of materiel
1. Fighter pilots are nominated for government awards:
a) For personally destroyed enemy aircraft in air battles or at airfields: to the first award for 3 personally shot down bombers (reconnaissance aircraft) or for 4 personally shot down other types of aircraft, or 6 aircraft destroyed on the ground;
to the highest award - the title of Hero of the Soviet Union - for 10 personally shot down bombers (reconnaissance aircraft) or for 15 personally shot down other types of aircraft;
to the highest award - the title of twice Hero of the Soviet Union - for 30 personally shot down aircraft of all types;
to the highest award - the title of three times Hero of the Soviet Union - for 50 personally shot down aircraft of all types.
b) For the destruction of railway rolling stock on enemy territory:
to the first reward - for 6 destroyed locomotives or for 4 train crashes caused by an aircraft attack;
to subsequent rewards - for every next 8 destroyed locomotives or for 6 train wrecks caused by aircraft attacks.
c) For sorties to escort attack aircraft, bombers, mine-torpedo aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft and spotters, as well as for sorties to cover the combat formations of ground troops on the battlefield, naval bases, communications and other objects:
to the first award - for 30 successful sorties; to subsequent awards - for every next 30 successful sorties.
d) For combat sorties for assault operations and reconnaissance of enemy troops:
to the first award - for 20 successful sorties; to subsequent awards - for every next 30 successful sorties.
2. Fighter pilots for personally destroyed enemy aircraft during night operations for government awards are presented in accordance with clause 1 a 1 of section of this regulation, while the required number of aircraft shot down is halved.
3. Representation for the government award of the commander of a pair for personally shot down aircraft in air battles gives the right to nomination for the award and the pilot of the aircraft led by him, if he ensured the success of his commander of the pair in battle by his actions.
4. The commanders of subunits, units and formations, in addition to awards received for personal exploits, are presented to government awards:
a) For the skillful command of subordinate subunits, units or formations, whose actions contributed to the successful defeat of the enemy in battle or in an operation of ground forces or fleets;
b) Squadron commander (including a separate one), under whose command the squadron destroyed 25 aircraft in air battles and at enemy airfields, while losing no more than 5 of its aircraft;
c) The commander of the regiment, under whose command the regiment destroyed 60 aircraft in air battles and at enemy airfields, while losing no more than 10 of its aircraft.
Note 1. A combat sortie for fighter aviation counted for awarding is considered to be each flight associated with a meeting with an air enemy, or a flight that took place in the zone of enemy anti-aircraft fire or over enemy battle formations.
Note 2. Downed aircraft in a group air battle, if it is impossible to establish who personally shot him down, or if they are shot down by a simultaneous attack by 2-3 or more pilots, they are divided evenly and counted as part of the downed aircraft for each pilot, participant this group fight.
September 30, 1943
Commander of the Red Army Air Force
Air Marshal Novikov.
(TsAMO. Fund 4. Inventory 12. File 108. L. 502-518.)