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The “Night Witches” was the all female Night Bomber Reg. of the Soviet Air Forces that bombed German lines in WWII. They were equipped with the worst, oldest and noisest planes. The engines used to conk out halfaway through missions and they had to climb on the wings mid flight to restart the props. To stop germans from hearing and firing at them, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and fly off.

The “Night Witches” was the all female Night Bomber Reg. of the Soviet Air Forces that bombed German lines in WWII. They were equipped with the worst, oldest and noisest planes. The engines used to conk out halfaway through missions and they had to climb on the wings mid flight to restart the props. To stop germans from hearing and firing at them, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and fly off.

Women Airforce Service Pilots: Bárbara Erickson (left) and Betty Tackaberry (Richter). California, 1943 ~

Women Airforce Service Pilots: Bárbara Erickson (left) and Betty Tackaberry (Richter). California, 1943 ~

Joan Clarke Murray codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, became deputy head of Hut 8 in 1944. Code breaking was almost exclusively done by men during the war. Clarke was paid less than the men and felt that she was prevented from progressing further because of her gender. She was a English cryptanalyst and numismatist ~

Joan Clarke, the cryptanalyst war-heroine, and the women of Bletchley Park (you never heard of)

Joan Clarke Murray codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, became deputy head of Hut 8 in 1944. Code breaking was almost exclusively done by men during the war. Clarke was paid less than the men and felt that she was prevented from progressing further because of her gender. She was a English cryptanalyst and numismatist ~

Night Witches: Night Witches were russian lady bombers in WW2. They had the oldest, noisiest, crappiest planes in the entire world. The planes were so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming and starting up their anti aircraft guns, the Witches climbed to a certain height to coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get back to base.

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: Night Witches were russian lady bombers in WW2. They had the oldest, noisiest, crappiest planes in the entire world. The planes were so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming and starting up their anti aircraft guns, the Witches climbed to a certain height to coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get back to base.

Night Witches Katya Ryabova and Nadya Popova, who completed 18 bombing sorties in a single night

Night Witches Katya Ryabova and Nadya Popova, who completed 18 bombing sorties in a single night

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.

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.

Hedy Lamarr , mathematician and actress. Inventor of frequency hopping spectrum still used for bluetooth and wifi technology.

Hedy Lamarr , mathematician and actress. Inventor of frequency hopping spectrum still used for bluetooth and wifi technology.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot - Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Меклин, Ukrainian: Наталія Фёдорiвна Меклин; 1922–2005) was a much decorated World War II combat pilot in one of the three women-only Soviet air regiments. They were nicknamed the ‘Night Witches‘ by their German opponents.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot - Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Меклин, Ukrainian: Наталія Фёдорiвна Меклин; 1922–2005) was a much decorated World War II combat pilot in one of the three women-only Soviet air regiments. They were nicknamed the ‘Night Witches‘ by their German opponents.

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