March Militaria & Autograph Auction
(1908 -1982) Youngest military pilot in world history and Soviet aviator, awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. During WWII, he successfully commanded an air brigade, air division, and air corps. In 1960-1971, General Kamanin was the head of cosmonaut training in the Soviet space program who recruited and trained the first generation of cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin. Typed positive evaluation of Colonel Peter Andriyanko’s performance signed in purple ink by the main engineer and Major-General Lepukov. The second page contains a typed note, ‘[I] agree with the evaluation of performance’, June 28, 1944. Signed and dated by Kamanin in red pencil on the second page.