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Posted: 1/18/2015 10:26:17 PM EST
"The 588th was the most highly decorated female unit in that force, flying 30,000 missions over the course of four years -- and dropping, in total, 23,000 tons of bombs on invading German armies. Its members, who ranged in age from 17 to 26, flew primarily at night, making do with planes that were -- per their plywood-and-canvas construction -- generally reserved for training and crop-dusting. They often operated in stealth mode, idling their engines as they neared their targets and then gliding their way to their bomb release points. As a result, their planes made little more than soft "whooshing" noises as they flew by.

Those noises reminded the Germans, apparently, of the sound of a witch's broomstick. So the Nazis began calling the female fighter pilots Nachthexen: "night witches." They were loathed. And they were feared. Any German pilot who downed a "witch" was automatically awarded an Iron Cross."



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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:30:13 PM EST
She turned me into a newt.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:31:20 PM EST
Their impact was arguably somewhat marginal, the equivalent of "harassment fire" intended to keep German soldiers from sleeping well.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:33:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MadMonkey:
She turned me into a newt.
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A NEWT??!!???
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:34:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Ironhandjohn:



A NEWT??!!???
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Originally Posted By Ironhandjohn:
Originally Posted By MadMonkey:
She turned me into a newt.



A NEWT??!!???


He got better.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 10:42:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 10:44:05 PM EST by Krazny13]
Brave ladies.

They flew Po-2's, one of the most massed produced aircraft of all time. Around 40k were built. It was pretty low tech even by soviet standards, and thats saying a lot. . . .

And because its awesome:

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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:26:24 PM EST
I never heard of these ladies before. Interesting story. Thanks for posting it.
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