"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.
Hugh O’Flaherty was an Irish Catholic priest who saved about Allied soldiers & Jews in Rome during World War II. He used his status as a priest & his protection by the Vatican to conceal 4000 escapees – Allied soldiers & Jews – in flats, farms & convents.
Irena Sendler, Lifeline to Young Jews, Is Dead at 98
History Firsthand - Delany Sisters , Daughters of emancipated slaves, Sadie and Bessie were civil rights activists. Sadie was the first African American woman to teach Domestic Science and Bessie the second to be granted a dentistry license in NY state
Irena Sendler got permission to work in a Warsaw Ghetto as a plumber. She courageously smuggled babies in her tool box and carried larger children in a sack. She trained her dog to bark when Nazis were near. She saved 2500 children.
via Kim Ellis: Portrait of Mother Superior Alfonse, who hid Jewish children from the Nazis in the Dominican Convent of Lubbeek near Hasselt. Yad Vashem recognized her as "Righteous Among the Nations." Belgium, wartime — US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Bronka Klibanski, 1942 A courier for the Jewish Resistance in the Bialystok ghetto of Poland. She obtained weapons, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the ghetto.