Yakov Smushkevich

Military Person

1902 – 1941

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Who was Yakov Smushkevich?

Yakov Vladimirovich Smushkevich was Commander of the Soviet Air Force.

He participated in the Spanish Civil War where he was known as "General Duglas" for which he received the Hero of the Soviet Union. He was in charge of aviation for the 1st Army Corps at the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, receiving Hero of the Soviet Union. He was the commander of Soviet Air Force from 1939 to 1940, and Deputy Chief of the General Staff from 1940 to 1941. He was arrested on June 8, 1941 and executed on personal order of Lavrentiy Beria on October 28, 1941.

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Born
Apr 14, 1902
Rokiškis
Also known as
  • Yakov Vladimirovich Smushkevich
Died
Oct 28, 1941
Moscow

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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