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Soviet pilots from the women's 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, Heroes of the Soviet Union Rufina Gasheva (left) and Natalia Meklin a Po-2 aircraft. Some of the most successful pilots of the Soviet military aircraft on combat missions.  Rufina S. Gasheva (b. 1921) - navigator during the war flew 848 sorties. Natalya F. Meklin (Kravtsov) (1922-2005) - a pilot, 980 combat sorties.”   The 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment also had a nickname:   The Night Witches

Soviet pilots from the women’s Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, Heroes of the Soviet Union Rufina Gasheva (left) and Natalia Meklin (right) 2 of the most successful pilots in the Soviet military.

Nancy Nesbit, Pilot Trainee in Women's Flying Training Detachment, Sweetwater, TX

Interesting Photos of Women in World War II Nancy Nesbit, a pilot trainee in the Women's Flying Training Detachment checks with the control tower from the cockpit of her single engine Army trainer at Avenger Field in Texas

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

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

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.

This is Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova, "the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during the Second World War…" She was in more than 300 combat missions and was awarded the Order of the Red Star.

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These female soldiers from militaries around the world will knock your socks off. From air force pilots to ground soldiers.

Guards Captain Mariya Ivanivna Dolina of the 125th Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment standing in front of a Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber in 1944.

“ Guards Captain Mariya Ivanivna Dolina of the Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment standing in front of a Petlyakov bomber in ”

Polina Gelman was one of the first renowned women pilots and one of many Jews to be awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. She flew 860 combat missions by night as a navigator.

Polina Gelman was one of the first renowned women pilots and one of many Jews to be awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. She flew 860 combat missions by night as a navigator.

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

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