Pavel Kutakhov (marshal)

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Pavel Stepanovich Kutakhov
Кутахов, Павел Степанович
Born August 3, 1914 (1914-08-03)
Malokirsanovka, Don Voisko Oblast (now Rostov Oblast), Russian Empire
Died December 3, 1984 (1984-12-04) (aged 70)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Buried at Novodevichy Cemetery, (Moscow)
Allegiance  Soviet Union (1935–1984)
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1935–1984
Rank Chief Marshal of Aviation
Unit Red Army
Commands held Soviet Air Force
Battles/wars Soviet-Finnish War,
World War II
Awards

Hero of the Soviet Union Hero of the Soviet Union

Pavel Stepanovich Kutakhov (Russian: Кутахов, Павел Степанович) was Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Forces between 1969 and 1984, Chief Marshal of Aviation since 1972, twice Hero of Soviet Union (1943, 1984), Honored Pilot of USSR (1966).

After the Israeli Operation Mole Cricket 19 in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in 1982, when large numbers of Soviet-built Syrian fighters and surface-to-air missiles were destroyed, Kutakhov travelled to Syria to evaluate the outcome.

Honours and awards[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Pavel Fedorovich Zhigarev
Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Force
1969–1984
Succeeded by
Alexander Yefimov