Order of Lenin
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Order of Lenin Type 4 Var. 2 ("Monetnyi Dvor" screw back), #12176, awarded on 31 December 1942 to the navigator of a long-range bomber, 17th Long Range Aviation Division. In the first days of the war prior to being assigned to the long-range aviation, he had completed 10 daytime bombing missions targeting concentrations of enemy troops near Ternopol, Kiev and Poltava. On one of these early sorties his plane was set on fire by German fighters, but he managed to cross the front line before bailing out with a parachute. After his arrival to the new unit, he completed additional 29 nighttime combat missions against enemy airdromes, railway junctures and other targets in combat zones including Kursk, Bryansk, Oryol, Vyazma, Smolensk and Rzhev. In July 1942, he flew three long-range missions against Koenigsberg, at the time hundreds of miles away from the front line. During the following two months, after being recommended for his first decoration, he flew six more such missions against Berlin, Danzig and Budapest, and in May 1943, also took part in an air raid on Warsaw. By late 1943, he had an overall score of 140 completed combat missions earning him not only the Order of Lenin in December 1942, but also an Order of the Red Banner bestowed one year later. The order is in very fine condition, a very attractive piece never converted to suspension and without the usual severe enamel damage or repairs. Comes with archival research.
Order of Lenin, Type 5, Var. 2 (without "dimple"), #4281, official mint re- issue for a Type 4 "Mondvor" screw back of circa 1939 issue. An exceptionally rare piece, one of the few of the "no dimple" version deliberately set aside at the mint to be reissued (as opposed to most other WW2 / early post-war duplicates that have an altered serial number). In excellent condition. An almost unique opportunity for the advanced collector.