If you haven’t read about Marina Raskova and the NightWitches- you are missing out on some amazing history.
Deployed out of need in WWII, the Soviet Union commissioned Maj Raskova to find 400 women to fill out their fighter and night bombing squadrons- including the 588th pictured above. They fit the women into any uniforms they could find, using make shift filling for their boots to make them fit and flying wooden planes at night – giving them their nickname- the Nachthexens or Night Witch in German from the sound of the wood airplanes diving to deliver their destruction.
And the bombers were effective- “the Germans had two theories about why these women were so successful: They were either all criminals who were masters at stealing and had been sent to the front line as punishment—or they had been given special injections that allowed them to see in the night” according to a recent article on history.com.
The bomber squadron was only one of three all women squadrons in the Soviet Air Force.
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