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During World War 2, the Nazis were afraid of 46th Taman Aviation Regiment (An all female regiment of Soviet Air force).

The Nazis dubbed them the 'Night Witches', on account of the way they would cut their aircraft engines to silently swoop in before dropping their bombs. 1/n
From mechanics to navigators, pilots and officers, the 46th Taman regiment was composed entirely of women.

The women, most of them barely 20 years old, started training in Engels, a small town north of Stalingrad.
The women of the 46th regiment flew their first bombing mission on June 8, 1942.

The air raid consisted of three planes; their target was the headquarters of a German division (Wehrmacht). The raid was successful.
They flew obsolete Polikarpov Po-2 wooden biplanes and the Po-2 could only carry two bombs that weighed less than a ton altogether.

The women aviators made full use of their woefully outclassed converted bombers, and turned the aircraft’s weakness into its biggest strength.
Po-2s, which were excellent crop dusters in peacetime, were so slow that pilots in Germany’s frontline interceptors had trouble shooting them down.

The top speed Po-2 was well below than the stall speed of the German planes (Me-109 and the Fw-190).
The pilots in the Luftwaffe fighters (German Air force) risked crashing if they tried to reduce speed enough to dogfight the Po-2s.

The 46th regiment was especially deadly at night.
Po-2s also had excellent gliding characteristics. This allowed the pilots to kill the noisy engines as they approached their targets and surprise their unwitting enemies with devastating effect.

Because of this, the Luftwaffe soon got to know (and feared) these women fliers.
Nadezhda Vasilyevna Popova, one of the first young women to enlist, recalled her inaugural mission, in which two of her friends were fatally shot down by anti aircraft guns.

They fought non-stop for months in 1942 and 1943, sometimes flying 15 to 18 missions on the same night.
The Nazi High Command viewed them as such a menace that an Iron Cross was promised to any Luftwaffe pilot who shot down a 'Nachthexen' (Night Witch).
In three years(1942 - 1945), even while allegedly drawing flowers on their planes and coloring their lips with navigation pencil, the women of the 46th Taman Regiment flew roughly 30,000 missions, dropping a total of 24,000 tons of bombs on the German Armies.
The most outstanding pilots of the 46th Regiment were Raisa Belyaeva and Valeria Khomyakova.

By the war’s end, the deadly squadron would lose more than 31 pilots but would produce 23 Heroes of the Soviet Union.
Those who think women are not fit for Armed forces should read the stories of Female Soviet Snipers during WW2 and why ISIS were afraid of Kurdish Female fighters.
Look at these awesome pictures. These young women rattled and terrified the most dangerous armed forces that the world had ever seen.…
Forgot to add : During gliding (engine off), the Po-2's wooden frame made a whooshing noise which resembled that of a sweeping broom.

This sound was the only warning the Germans had. The planes were too small to show up on radar.

A reason why Germans called them Night Witches.
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