Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91 The Nazis called them “Night Witches” because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick.
Yevdokiya Ivanova Nosal (Russian: Евдокия Ивановна Носаль) was a Junior Lieutenant and deputy squadron commander in the 588th Night Bomber Regiment during World War II. For her service in the military she was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on 24 May 1943...
Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova 1922 - 2008 The only female pilot-Kazakh WWII. For bravery and valor in World War II Hiuaz was awarded the Order of the Red Star, World War two degrees. People's Hero of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Soviet Squadron commanders of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Army, Soviet Air Forces, are photographed in a briefing during the Battle of the Caucasus. Behind them can be seen a Polikarpov Po-2 biplane. The 588th Night Bomber Regiment was created in October 1941 by Col. Marina Raskova and led by Major Yevdokia Bershanskaya, and was made up entirely of young female volunteers.
Female pilots of the Aviation Regiment E. Bershanskaya after the award of the Committee of Soviet Women, among those present the Heroes of the Soviet Union R. Gasheva left), E. Zhigulenko, I. Sebrova and photographer Ya.Halip from left).
the_ww2_memoirs Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as ‘Heroes of the Soviet Union’ for their service with the famed ‘Night Witches’ unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. The "Night Witches" also known as the 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces was the most highly decorated female unit in that force, flying 30,000 missions in the 4 year span of…
Those are some bad ass chicks! I sometimes feel we as society are getting mentally softer day by day.
Pilots and aircraft of the Night Witches, the 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1944. On 8 October, 1941 Stalin issued Order number 0099 creating three women's squadrons: the 586th Regiment, Yak-1 fighters, the 587th Regiment, twin engine dive bombers, and the 588 Regiment, night bombers (46th Guards). Of the three, only the Night Witches would remain entirely female. Commanders, pilots, mechanics, and ground crew were all women for the duration of the war. #aviationmechanic
"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.