posted on Mar, 15 2013 @ 07:36 PM
It never ceases to amaze me what one can learn by just tromping around the internet.
I have always considered myself a bit of a WW2 buff, but oddly, being a woman myself, I never really considered looking into what some of the women
actually did. Just doesnt seem to be something that comes up when watching old footage or going through old archives.
Today though, I came across this incredible woman and I cant wait to see what else I can actually find on her and others. Hopefully members will
direct me and others to more that they know of.
Granted this woman is Russian, but really, in the realm of things, who cares. She could have fought for any country and Im sure her heart would have
been just the same. It just amazes me for the time when she actually did it. Face it,while many American women were helping build the aircraft for our
armed forces as most of us all ready know, most American women were still of the mind set of staying in the kitchen etc.
Anyhow, let me introduce you to Marina Raskova
Snips from one source:Source Link
In the summer of 1941, Marina Raskova, a record-breaking aviatrix, organized the 588th night bomber squadron - composed entirely of women, from the
mechanics to the navigators, pilot and officers.
One June 8, 1942, three planes took off on the first mission. The target: the headquarters of a German division. The raid was successful, but one
aircraft was lost. The 588th fought non-stop for months, flying 15 to 18 missions a night. "It was a miracle we didn't lose more aircraft", recalls
Nadia Popova. "Our planes were the slowest in the air force. They often came back riddled with bullets, but they kept flying."
From the battle of Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin, the regiment made 24,000 combat flights and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs. It was awarded the
Soviet Union's highest collective military honor. Years after the war, Nadia Popova said, "At night sometimes, I look up into the dark sky, close my
eyes and picture myself as a girl at the controls of my bomber and I think, 'Nadia, how on earth did you do it?"
With the aircraft icing up over the Siberian wilderness, the women tossed everything movable out of the aircraft to try and gain altitude. Finally,
Raskova, who had been the navigator, decided she would have to go as well. She marked the aircraft's compass heading on a map and bailed out into the
As much as I would love to post this whole article, I dont wish to violate our terms etc.. Hopefully I have added enough to intrigue you to go to the
and read more about this incredible woman.
Just to add, please, by all means, feel free to add any more women heros you may know of from this era regardless of whom they may have fought for.
After all, a hero is a hero yes?
Once again, the LINK to the SOURCE