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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.

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.

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova (1922-2008), the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve in WWII. She served with the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment—nicknamed the Night Witches by the Germans.  She flew more than 300 missions and was awarded the Order of the Red Star, medals for the defense of the Caucasus, for the liberation of Warsaw, and for victory over Germany. In December 2004, four years before her death, the President of Kazakhstan awarded her the title of National Hero.

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova (1922-2008), the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve in WWII. She served with the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment—nicknamed the Night Witches by the Germans. She flew more than 300 missions and was awarded the Order of the Red Star, medals for the defense of the Caucasus, for the liberation of Warsaw, and for victory over Germany. In December 2004, four years before her death, the President of Kazakhstan awarded her the title of National Hero.

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.

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.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot - Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Меклин, Ukrainian: Наталія Фёдорiвна Меклин; 1922–2005) was a much decorated World War II combat pilot in one of the three women-only Soviet air regiments. They were nicknamed the ‘Night Witches‘ by their German opponents.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot - Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Меклин, Ukrainian: Наталія Фёдорiвна Меклин; 1922–2005) was a much decorated World War II combat pilot in one of the three women-only Soviet air regiments. They were nicknamed the ‘Night Witches‘ by their German opponents.

Cpt Maria Ivanovna Valley (1922-2010) flew 72 sorties in a Pe-2 dive bombers, dropped 45 tonnes of bombs, and shot down 3 enemy fighters. In 1944, she was deputy commander of the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment, 4rth Guards Bomber Division. In 1945, Valley's service to the USSR and her combat performance won her the top award of Hero of the Soviet Union ~

Cpt Maria Ivanovna Valley (1922-2010) flew 72 sorties in a Pe-2 dive bombers, dropped 45 tonnes of bombs, and shot down 3 enemy fighters. In 1944, she was deputy commander of the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment, 4rth Guards Bomber Division. In 1945, Valley's service to the USSR and her combat performance won her the top award of Hero of the Soviet Union ~

Polina Gelman-24 October 1919 – 25 November 2005) was a Soviet Air Force officer, decorated as a Hero of the Soviet Union for her service with the famed Night Witches unit during World War II

Polina Gelman-24 October 1919 – 25 November 2005) was a Soviet Air Force officer, decorated as a Hero of the Soviet Union for her service with the famed Night Witches unit during World War II

The Night Witches continued to fight until the end of the war, taking part in the liberation of the Crimean Peninsula (6140 flights), Belarus (400 flights), Poland (5421 flights), and in Germany (2000 flights).

The Night Witches continued to fight until the end of the war, taking part in the liberation of the Crimean Peninsula (6140 flights), Belarus (400 flights), Poland (5421 flights), and in Germany (2000 flights).

Pilots of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, a ka the "Night Witches," walk in front of a line of Po-2s at a Soviet air force base in 1944.

Pilots of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, a ka the "Night Witches," walk in front of a line of Po-2s at a Soviet air force base in 1944.

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

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

L. Pavlichenko tops the list of the 45 Best Soviet Female Snipers of World War II. She is followed by Libo Rugo who killed 242 enemies.

L. Pavlichenko tops the list of the 45 Best Soviet Female Snipers of World War II. She is followed by Libo Rugo who killed 242 enemies.

Popova (arriba, a la izquierda) tenía solo 19 años cuando se hizo piloto. ¿Su motivo? La venganza después de que los nazis mataran a su hermano en 1941. Voló en 852 misiones, como una de las 'brujas nocturnas' de la Unión Soviética (el nombre que los alemanes dieron a las mujeres piloto que lanzaban bombas desde unos aviones de contrachapado y lona, que emitían un sonido silbante al volar por la noche). Según el New York Times, las brujas nocturnas volaban solo cuando estaba oscuro, y 'no…

6 mujeres alucinantes que lucharon contra los nazis (y ganaron)

Popova (arriba, a la izquierda) tenía solo 19 años cuando se hizo piloto. ¿Su motivo? La venganza después de que los nazis mataran a su hermano en 1941. Voló en 852 misiones, como una de las 'brujas nocturnas' de la Unión Soviética (el nombre que los alemanes dieron a las mujeres piloto que lanzaban bombas desde unos aviones de contrachapado y lona, que emitían un sonido silbante al volar por la noche). Según el New York Times, las brujas nocturnas volaban solo cuando estaba oscuro, y 'no…

Fighter pilot Yekaterina Budanova http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=F645

Yekaterina Budanova

Fighter pilot Yekaterina Budanova http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=F645

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

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

Marina Dolina, Hero of the Soviet Union: Flew seventy-two missions, bombing enemy supply depots, strongpionts, tanks, artillery batteries, rail and water transport in support of Red Army ground units. On the 18th August 1945, Comrade Dolina was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Marina Dolina, Hero of the Soviet Union: Flew seventy-two missions, bombing enemy supply depots, strongpionts, tanks, artillery batteries, rail and water transport in support of Red Army ground units. On the 18th August 1945, Comrade Dolina was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Obit of the Day: Night Witch On October 8, 1941 the Soviet armed forces created three all-women aviation regiments. One was for fighters, one for dive bombers, and one for night bombers. The latter were called the 48th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment and they were legendary. The women of the 48th Regiment were trained to fly bombing missions behind German lines in the dead of night. The dangerous missions were made more so by the poor equipment provided for the women. The…

Obit of the Day: Night Witch On October 8, 1941 the Soviet armed forces created three all-women aviation regiments. One was for fighters, one for dive bombers, and one for night bombers. The latter were called the 48th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment and they were legendary. The women of the 48th Regiment were trained to fly bombing missions behind German lines in the dead of night. The dangerous missions were made more so by the poor equipment provided for the women. The…

Портрет командира эскадрильи 46-го гвардейского ночного бомбардировочного авиационного полка Героя Советского Союза гвардии майора Евдокии Андреевны Никулиной (1917—1993).

Портрет командира эскадрильи 46-го гвардейского ночного бомбардировочного авиационного полка Героя Советского Союза гвардии майора Евдокии Андреевны Никулиной (1917—1993).