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On July 8th of this year, 91 year old Nadezhda Popova passed away somewhere in what was formerly the Soviet Union. Although
most of us have never heard of her, the President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych issued a statement calling her life “an example of selfless service to Motherland.” and said her “feats in the course of the Great Patriotic War will never be forgotten.”
“Ms. Popova was among the first female pilots to volunteer for service in the Soviet military during World War II and became a squadron commander in her swashbuckling all-female regiment. She flew 852 combat missions — including 18 during one night — and was honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, one of the nation’s highest decorations.” writes Emily Langer for the Washington Post.
In 1941, when the United States was experimenting with it’s first African American combat pilots, the Soviet Union did the same with female combat pilots.