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Pilot Irina Sebrova, navigator Vera Bjelik with pilot Nadezhda Popova, photographed sometime in 1943.  All three were of the notorious all-woman regiment known as the Night Witches, and both Sebrova and Popova held the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Nadezhda Popova, who has died aged was a member of an elite corps of Soviet women — known as the “Night Witches” — who fought as bomber pilots in the air war against Germany, and the only one to win three Orders of the Patriotic War for bravery.

The Night Witches (the 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Force).  All females. 40 two-person crews flew over 23,000 sorties & dropped 3,000 tons of bombs. The most highly-decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force, each pilot flew over 1,000 missions by the end of the war many were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title. Thirty members died in combat.

Night Witches, russian female pilots who fought for Russia during World War II

Night Witches: Night Witches were russian lady bombers in WW2. They had the oldest, noisiest, crappiest planes in the entire world. The planes were so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming and starting up their anti aircraft guns, the Witches climbed to a certain height to coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get back to base.

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II Members of the Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers . and dropped tons of bombs.

Quando os nazistas invadiram a União Soviética na Segunda Guerra Mundial, um grupo de aviadoras teve papel fundamental para derrotá-los. Conheça a história das Bruxas da Noite:

Bruxas da Noite: a incrível história das pilotos soviéticas que ajudaram a derrotar os nazistas

Quando os nazistas invadiram a União Soviética na Segunda Guerra Mundial, um grupo de aviadoras teve papel fundamental para derrotá-los. Conheça a história das Bruxas da Noite:

Oficiales soviéticas del 588 regimiento aéreo ("las brujas de la noche"): las pilotos de combate Evdokia Davydovna Bershanskaya, Maria V. Smirnova y Polina Gelman

Female officers of the Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment (Night Witches) Comdr Evdokia Davydovna Bershanskaya left) Sq Cmdr Maria V. Smirnova - standing) and Polina Gelman Head of Communication of the Aviation.

Female pilots of the Aviation Regiment E. D. Bershanskaya after the award of the Committee of Soviet Women, among those present the Heroes of the Soviet Union R. S. Gasheva (2nd left), E. A. Zhigulenko, I. F. Sebrova and photographer Ya.N.Halip (3rd from left).

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).

Ladies in History: Night Witches.  "Does this 1942 flight suit make me look fat?" things you would NOT hear these ladies say.  This regiment flew harassment and precision bombing missions against the German military fr 1942 to the end of the war.

The Night Witches: WWII Female Combat Pilots - Sociological Images

Soviet Army female pilots in the airfield, 1941–1945 #ww2

worldwar-two: “ Squadron commanders of the Soviet Night Bomber Regiment - the Night Witches - plan a combat mission, a Polikarpov their main aircraft, visible in the background,

Летчицы советского полка ночных бомбардировщиков в минуты отдыха в Германии

Nadezhda Popova (second from right) with (from left) Squadron Navigator Yekatrina Ryabova, Flight Commander Raisa Yushchina, Navigator Mira Paromova amd far right squadron commander Marina Chechneva read a fashion magazine in eastern pomerania, 1945

Marina RASKOVA, the Soviet aviatress-navigator, the captain; one of the first women, awarded Hero of Soviet Union (1912-1943)

Aviator Babe ~Captain Marina Raskova, Soviet Pilot and Navigator, one of the first women, awarded Hero of Soviet Union

La capitana María Ivanovna Dolina (1922-2010). Nació en el 18 de diciembre de 1922 en el pueblo de Sharovka, en Siberia, y estudió en la Escuela Militar de Aviación Engels, en Saratov, hasta que estalló la guerra. Voló 72 misiones en un bombardero Petlyakov Pe-2. Arrojó 45 toneladas de bombas y derribó tres cazas enemigos. En 1944, era comandante del 125° Regimiento de Cazabombarderos de Guardias, y en 1945, recibió la medalla de Heroína de la Unión Soviética.

Guards Captain Mariya Ivanivna Dolina of the Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment standing in front of a Petlyakov bomber in polish woman pilot

night+witches | Night Witches

The story of Russia's three all-female war regiments that flew more than missions.

Командир женского авиаполка Е.Д. Бершанская ставит боевую задачу своим летчицам

Pilots of the Night Bomber Regiment, commonly known as the Night Witches.

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