Iouri Maksaïev, one of the last Normandie-Niémen veterans, passed away on August 3, 2019. Born in 1926, he trained as a mechanic and served in the famous franco-soviet fighter regiment equipped with Yakolev Yak-3 fighters and deployed on the Eastern Front.
After the war, he remained in the armed forces until 1951 and then worked in the civilian aviation industry. He was an enthusiastic proponent of Franco-Russian friendship and traveled to France in 2015 to inaugurate the Normandie-Niémen exhibition at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace and also in 2017 for the 75th anniversary of the Normandie-Niémen.
Source: Russia Beyond