“No parachute, no radios, and an open cockpit; imagine what that was like on a freezing moonless night!
The night witches regiment flew a total of 24,000 combat sorties, in their Polikarpov biplanes, these were flimsy wood and canvas contraptions which looked a bit like crop dusters, and were sometimes nicknamed sewing machines. No wonder more than 50 women were killed in action including their Great mentor and idol Marina Rascova.”
Lyrics written by the celebrated Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko; for a song about the night witches.”
The French pilots, who fought along side the Soviets, were so impressed by the women’s flying ability (being unable to fly the difficult Pe-2 bomber planes themselves) they said they wanted to bow down in respect before the bravery of these women. ” We want to pick all the flowers in the world and lay them at your feet”.
After the war the women were honoured, but asked not to talk about their flying achievements (unlike the men) and were almost forgotten. Women’s herstory, however courageous and victorious, vanishes into a world of silence.
So women have little idea how amazing they are, it is concealed from them by the perpetual lies of academic men, who, are all to willing to claim for their sex, unearned credit for the achievements of women. Women are so good at everything; that men need only to be good at one thing! Exploiting us; and they exceed themselves at that.
Put your feet up for twenty minutes and listen to the amazing feats of the Night Witches! So called because under the cover of dark, they dared to fly dangerously low over Germany, idling their engines and sounding, to the terrified men beneath, like the whooshing of great broomsticks across the sky. Holding their nerve until they were in perfect range, they poured their devastating bombs into the night, as enemy fire exploded around them.
Complete story from BBC worldservice: here