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Military aviators during the Great Patriotic War showed the highest courage and heroism.
More than 200 thousand aviators and more than 80 thousand air defense soldiers were awarded orders and medals of the USSR for the successful execution of combat missions of the command, for their courage and bravery. More than 2,300 aviators and more than 100 air defense soldiers were awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union (later Hero of the Russian Federation).