Does anyone know of any information relating to the soviet female bomber pilots that served during WWII? They're best known as the Night Witches.

Yasmine Vaughan's picture

My research is specifically focused on the 46th Taman Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment (the Night Witches) but I do comparisons between that unit and the other two female units (the 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment and the 125th Guard Bombers Aviation Regiment.   A shorter version of my thesis research is published here: commons.lib.jmu.edu/madrush/2017/bombdroppingbombshells/1/

 

If anyone knows of any communication sent to the US that proved that the US was aware that there were female pilots serving in combat, please let me know!

Hi, Yasmine,
I don't know about US communications about the Night Witches, but I assume you've watched the 1981 documentary about them (it's called Night Witches and is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdpL2DKF8kOioG5ddT0580VLTfnQT7X1i. There was evidently an attempt to make a theatrical film a few years ago but I haven't been able to figure out if it is actually in production or not.

I'm working on co-authored book about depictions of military women in film and will keep my eye out for more information.

Deborah Deacon
Dean, Harrison Middleton University