May 21, 1900|
Borkino, Russian Empire
|Died||December 30, 1973
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Allegiance||Soviet Union (1919–1973)|
|Years of service||1919–1973|
Chief marshal of the aviation
|Commands held||16th Air Army
Soviet Air Forces
Soviet Air Defence Forces
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Chief marshal of the aviation Konstantin Andreevich Vershinin (Russian: Константин Андреевич Вершинин; 3 June 1900 – 30 December 1973) was commander of the Soviet Air Force from 1946 to 1949 and from 1957 to 1969. He was commander of the 4th Air Army in World War II, and for his actions, he was awarded the distinction of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1944. At the outbreak of the Bolshevik Revolution, he left his work in a sawmill to enter the Red Army. In 1929, he was summarily assigned to the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy located in Moscow.
In 1946 — Commander-in-chief of Air Force — Deputy Ministry of Defence of the USSR. He supervised the Air Force transition to jet era. Promoted to Marschal of Aviation (3 July 1946).
In September 1949 unexpectably lowed in grade and appointed chiefcommander of Baky PVO region. From June 1953 till May 1954 - commander PVO Forces He served as Commander of the Soviet Air Force from January 1957 to 1969. [Deputy Ministry of Defence of the USSR] Chief Marschall of Aviation (8.5.1959 г.). From March 1969 — in Group of General Inspectors of Ministry of Defence of the USSR.
Lived in Moscow. Died after hard illness in December 30, 1973. Buried on Novodevichy Cemetery.
- "Константин Андреевич Вершинин". warheroes.ru.
- "The Soviet Airforce at war", "Time Life books", p. 142"
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