Aleksei Alelyukhin was credited with 40 individual and 17 shared victories and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union twice. He was flying I-16s with the 69th Fighter Regiment when the Germans launched operation Barbarossa. He scored steadily throughout the war, although he was wounded three times and forced to bail out once. He survived the war and served until 1985, retiring as a Major General.
This is the La-7 of Captain Aleksei Alelyukhin HSU x 2, 9 GIAP, East Prussia, December 1944.