C-F Geust at Red Stars wrote:...The Soviet sources admit a loss of two Havocs of the last wave with two other Havocs, a Pe-2 and an Il-2 hit, whereas the Finns reported six aircraft shot down, four of them being "confirmed"...
...After the succesful raid the rank of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to Lt.Col Ponomarenko, Lt.Col Pavlov, Capt Tikhomirov who was killed in action and to Lt.Col Rakov for the second time...
Hmm.. It's a real mystery about the death of Tikhomirov... It would be interesting to see the documents what find Geust. From memoirs of Orlenko:
"...Hero of Soviet Union I.V.Tikhomirov have perished during placing of mines near naval military base in Klaypeda(Memel), he haven't time to receive high awards of Motherland - Hero's Star and Order of Lenin, which were awarded to him on July, 22.
Squadron engineer Vasiliy Maximovich Smirnov told about the last mission of his commander:
"He already flew one mining mission this night. While we were preparing his plane for next mission, he sat on the stump and was deeply inside his own thoughts. When I made a report what his plane is ready for action, he even didn't react to me. It looked strange for me. When he already was going to his plane, he said: "I'm tired, Vasiliy Maximovic, others are more tired. It's difficult for everybody". After that he sat down into cabin, I stood on the wing, then readjusted straps of parachutes and prepared cabin for start. Before leaving I reminded of switching of tanks. I jumped out and he launched left engine. He haven't returned from this mission. Other crews told what they saw big explosion in the air. Possibly flak shell hit the petrol tank..."
(Sorry for horrible translation)
And also, as I already said, information about the awards is incomplete. Were awarded with Hero's Stars - three pilots of A-20 (Ponomarenko, Tikhomirov, Sachko), one pilot of Pe-2 (Rakov), one navigator of Pe-2 (Kabanov). I think also we can exclude pilots of fighters (no air combats). I'll check also pilots of Il-2, but I exactly know, what N.G.Stepanyan received his two Hero's Stars for other operations.