Squadron commander of the 131 fighter aviation regiment, Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko
Nazarenko Dmitri Pavlovich was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union Gold Star Medal number 831 by decree of the President of the Supreme Soviet on 13/11/1942.
During the Great Patriotic War he flew the I-16, LaGG-3, La-5 & La-7, all single engine fighters on over 500 missions taking part in 120 aerial battles. He amassed 24 confirmed victories and 8 partial (shared) the latter referred to by the Soviets as “group” victories.
He commanded the 131th Fighter regiment (also known as the 40th Guards), 217th Fighter Division, the 4th Air Force from 07/09/1943 to 11/01/1944.