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Name: Nikolai Kirillovich Kokorin
Order of St. George, 4th Class
Cross of St. George, 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th Class
Order of St. Anne, 4th Class
Nikolai Kokorin
Country: Russia
Rank: Praporshik
Service: Imperial Russian Air Service
Unit: 4th Corps Air Detachment
Victories: 5
Born: 21 May 1889
Place of Birth: Khlebnikovo
Killed In Action: 28 May 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Podgaytsy
With little education and a bleak future, Kokorin joined the army on 23 December 1910 serving first with the Vislyanskaya Mine battalion before his transfer to the air service on 21 January 1914. Assigned to the 4th Corps Air Detachment on 4 September 1915, he was engaged in aerial combat on several occasions while flying reconnaissance missions but failed to score any victories. Promoted to Praporshik (Ensign), his unit was moved to Luzk in August 1916. After flying the SPAD A.2, his squadron was reequipped with Nieuport scouts and on 25 November 1916, he scored his first victory in aerial combat. Three days after scoring his fifth victory, Kokorin was shot down by members of FFA 242.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Nov 1916 4th Nieuport 10 EA Rozitze
2 02 Jan 1917 4th Morane-Saulnier H Two-seater Near Luzk
3 14 Apr 1917 4th Nieuport Albatros C.III 1 Uvse
4 25 May 1917 4th Nieuport 21 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (64.62) Shabalin
5 26 May 1917 4th Nieuport 21 Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (64.51) 1 NW of Kosovo

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