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Yakov Vladimirovich Smushkevich
1902 – October 28, 1941
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Place of death Kuibyshev
Allegiance Soviet Union Red Army (1918—1941)
Years of service 1918—1941
Rank General-Lieutenant of Air Forces
Commands held Soviet Air Force
Battles/wars Russian Civil War,
Spanish Civil War,
Battle of Khalkhin Gol
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union (2)
Order of Lenin(2)
Order of the Red Banner

Yakov Vladimirovich Smushkevich 1902? - October 28, 1941[1] Soviet Air Force Commander.

He participated in Spanish Civil War where he was known as "General Duglas" for which he received the Hero of the Soviet Union.[2] 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. He was arrested on June 8 1941[3] executed on personal order of Lavrentiy Beria on October 28, 1941.


Preceded by
Aleksandr Loktionov
Soviet Air Force (VVS) Commander
1939 –1940
Succeeded by
Pavel Vasilevich Rychagov


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