Polikarpov U-2 "Kukuruznik" (3)
Polikarpov was one of the famous aircraft designers of the era - amongst others he contributed the I-16 that I have covered earlier. Despite this, his life was not exactly a dream come true: he was sentenced to death for failing to design a plane for unrealistic requirements, which was changed to forced labor. Later, he established his own design bureau - which was transitioned to Mikoyan and Gurevich in his absence. He died in 1944 at the age of 52.