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Sergei Rudenko
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Lieutenant General Sergei Rudenko
Born (1904-10-20)October 20, 1904
Died July 10, 1990(1990-07-10) (aged 85)
Place of birth Korop, Russian Empire
Place of death Moscow, Soviet Union
Buried at Novodevichy Cemetery
Allegiance  Soviet Union (1923–1973)
Years of service 1923 – 1973
Rank Marshal of Aviation
Commands held 16th Air Army
Soviet Airborne Troops
Battles/wars World War II

Hero of the Soviet Union

Order of Lenin (6)
Order of the Red Banner (4)
Order of the October Revolution
Order of Suvorov 1st Class (2)
Order of Suvorov 2nd Class
Order of Kutuzov 1st Class
Order of the Patriotic War
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR
Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945".[1]

Serhi Gnatovich Rudenko (Ukrainian: Сергій Гнатович Руденко, Russified: Сергей Игнатьевич Руденко [Sergei Ignatevich Rudenko]; October 20 [O.S. October 7] 1904, Korop, Russian Empire - 10 July 1990, Moscow, Soviet Union) was a Soviet Marshal of Aviation.


Early life

A shoemaker's son, Rudenko volunteered into the Red Army in 1923. At 1926 he completed his studies in the Leningrad Military Theoretical Flight School and graduated from the Crimea Military Flight Academy a year later. At 1928 he joined the Communist Party. From 1932, Rudenko commanded a reconnaissance squadron. At 1936 he matriculated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy, and was soon appointed commander of the 118th Bomber Brigade.[2] On January 1941, Rudenko was put in charge of the 31st Air Division of the Western Special Military District, an office he held when Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

World War II

On November 1941 he was transferred to command the 20th Air Army, and on December he was assigned to supervise the 61st Air Army.[3] On January the following year, Rudenko was made chief of the air component in the Kalinin Front. From April to June he headed the 1st Air Operations Group at the Stavka, and then posted as deputy commander of the air component in the Southwestern Front.[4] On October 1942, Rudenko assumed command over the 16th Air Army. Under his leadership, the Army participated in the battles of Stalingrad, Kursk, Belorussia, Poland, Pomerania and Berlin[5] - as part of the air component in the Stalingrad, Don, Central and Belorussian (later, 1st Belorussian) Fronts.[6] On 11 May 1944 Rudenko was promoted to Colonel-General. On 19 August that year, he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union (Medal no. 3087).

Post-war career

Rudenko remained in charge of the 16th Army until February 1947, when he was appointed a commander of an airborne corps. From December 1948, Rudenko commanded the Soviet Airborne Troops.[7] On September 1949, he became Chief of Staff and First Deputy to the Supreme Commander of the Air Force. At 11 March 1955, he received his final promotion to Marshal of the Aviation. From May 1968 to August 1973, Rudenko headed the Gagarin Military Academy and then became an inspector in the Ministry of Defense.[8] He was also a deputy in the 2nd and 6th Convocations of the Supreme Soviet, and candidate member of the Central Committee in the years 1961-66.[9]

Honours and awards

Rudenko was awarded:


  1. Sergei Rudenko, with a list of decorations, on a site dedicated to the Battle of Kursk.
  2. Sergei Rudenko on
  3. Sergei Rudenko on Soldat Narod.
  4. Sergei Rudenko on
  5. Sergei Rudenko in a list of officers at
  6. Sergei Rudenko on the Heroes of the USSR catalogue.
  7. List of commanders of the USSR Airborne Troops on Russian Wikipedia.
  8. Sergei Rudenko on
  9. Sergei Rudenko on the Russian Academic Dictionary.

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