|A)The Incredible Fate of the Soviet Fighter Ace, Alexei Maresyev – Hero With No Legs|
Born in 1916, in a family of four children, he was considered the weak one, since he had experienced pain in his joints from a very early age. He spent his childhood in a remote village, which was four kilometres away from his school. Due to his illness, his brother sometimes almost had to carry him home.
His health issues made it difficult for him fulfil his dreams of becoming a pilot. He joined the political youth organization of the Soviet Union, Komsomol, in his teens. As a member of Komsomol, he was sent as a worker to participate in the construction of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a city in the Russian Far East, which was founded in 1932.