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Women Pilots in WW2

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (1922-2005), a much decorated WWII combat pilot in one of the 3 women-only Soviet air regiments. She flew 980 night missions by the end of the war. After she graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages as a translator until retiring. Among her many awards was the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest distinction in the Soviet Union, awarded personally or collectively for heroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko- Soviet sniper with 309 kills and Hero of the Soviet Union by Za Rodinu, via Flickr

ww2 nurse lights wounded soldiers cigarette

Female Captain in Medical Services of the Soviet army, 1945

From Mongolia with love: Red Army soldier from the farthest steppes of the Soviet Union poses triumphant in the devastated streets of Berlin, May 1945.

Soviet troops in a trench in Leningrad, Russia, 1 Sep 1941; Photographer Vsevolod Tarasevich Source Russian International News Agency

Soviet Red Army prisoners of war over the landscape.. Seemingly indifferent about their situation, as if glad to be taken out of the fighting. There are no guards in sight. Their uniforms suggest summer weather, perhaps mid-, late 1941, when large numbers have surrendered to the attacking Germans (Operation Barbarossa).