Today I would like to talk about another Hero of the Soviet Union with a tragic fate. This is a pilot, Ivan Kopec. He served in the Red Army since 1927. In 1936 - 1937, he fought in Spain, then was promoted to colonel and Hero of the Soviet Union. During the Finnish War he was commander of the Eighth Air Force Army. In June 1941 he was commander of the Air Force of the Western Special Military District (where General Pavlov was also commander of the district). He met June 22 at his workplace. And then - the mystery and suspense. The official version is as follows. After the German invasion, Ivan Kopec tried to run air district, but failed. In the evening he was on an airplane flew over the border airfields. Seeing what happened, he realized that the crash occurred. He returned to headquarters, closed in his office and shot himself. This version has several drawbacks. Firstly, such an action does not match his character. Secondly, it was impossible to estimate the scale of the disaster on the first day of hostilities. Third, according to some sources, Ivan had the war wounds, could not fly. Another version of his death did not be published, but is supported by most modern Russian historians. The fact is that on the eve of the war was a wave of arrests among the chiefs of the Air Forces of the USSR. Likely for Ivan arrived NKVD and he died in the delivery of the resistance. There is another version, the exotic. According to some historians, Stalin was preparing a provocation on June 22. On this day the Russian pilots under the leadership of Ivan were to stage a bombing of Russian cities. After that, Stalin was going to give the order to attack German troops. Coincidentally, Hitler's June 22 attack itself. Therefore, Ivan had been killed as a witness failed unnecessary provocation. Unfortunately, this version looks incredible, but it explains so many strange events that happened at the border on the eve of June 22.