Nurken Abdirov

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Abdirov Nurken
Абдиров Нуркен.jpg
Born 9 August 1919
Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Died 19 December 1942(1942-12-19) (aged 23)
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin
Statue of Abdirov in his home city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Nurken Abdirovich Abdirov (Kazakh: Нүркен Әбдіров, Russian: Нуркен Абдирович Абдиров) was a Kazakh pilot who served for the Soviet Union in World War II, and was killed in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Biography[edit]

Abdirov is a legendary figure in his hometown of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. According to local history, when Abdirov's plane was disabled by enemy fire, he and gunner Aleksandr Komissarov heroically steered his descent to crash into a column of German tanks, sacrificing his own life to destroy his enemy.

On March 31, 1943, Abdirov was posthumously made Hero of the Soviet Union.