Lieutenant General Sergei Rudenko
|Born||October 20, 1904|
|Died||July 10, 1990(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|
16th Air Army|
Soviet Airborne Troops
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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".
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.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
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. 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[edit | edit source]
On November 1941 he was transferred to command the 20th Air Army, and on December he was assigned to supervise the 61st Air Army. 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. 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 - as part of the air component in the Stalingrad, Don, Central and Belorussian (later, 1st Belorussian) Fronts. 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[edit | edit source]
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. 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. 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.
Honours and awards[edit | edit source]
Rudenko was awarded:
- Hero of the Soviet Union,
- six Orders of Lenin,
- four Orders of the Red Banner,
- Orders of Suvorov, 1st (twice) and 2nd classes,
- Order of Kutuzov, 1st class,
- Order of the October Revolution,
- Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class,
- Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, third class,
- Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin",
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945",
- Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad",
- Medal "For the Capture of Berlin",
- Medal "For Valiant Labor (for military valor)"
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy"
- Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- and foreign orders.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sergei Rudenko, with a list of decorations, on a site dedicated to the Battle of Kursk.
- Sergei Rudenko on Officer34.ru.
- Sergei Rudenko on Soldat Narod.
- Sergei Rudenko on peoples.ru.
- Sergei Rudenko in a list of officers at Otvoyna.ru.
- Sergei Rudenko on the Heroes of the USSR catalogue.
- List of commanders of the USSR Airborne Troops on Russian Wikipedia.
- Sergei Rudenko on Hrono.ru.
- Sergei Rudenko on the Russian Academic Dictionary.
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