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Anatoly Vasilyevich Liapidevsky
Anatoly Vasilyevich Liapidevsky (1908 - 1983) was a Soviet aircraft pilot and one of the first to be awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union (in 1934). He was a major-general of the Soviet Air Force.
He worked as a pilot with the Far Eastern department of the Civil Air Fleet. After February 13, 1934, when the steamship "Cheliuskin" sunk in Arctic waters, Liapidevsky, in extremely difficult conditions, took part in aerial search and rescue of its crew (known as "Cheliuskintsi"). He flew the stranded "Cheliuskintsi" from their makeshift airstrip on the floating ice field to the town of Uelen. Liapidevsky was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for this deed.
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