Pilots of the 588th night bomber regiment, aka the night witches, walk in front of a line of po 2s at a soviet air force base in 1944. An analysis of the motivations and accomplishments of the all. Night witch flew bomber planes during world war ii. The night witches flew in wood and canvas polikarpov po 2 biplanes similar to the one shown here. The po2 biplanes flown by the night witches had an advantage over the. Apr 30, 2017 walpurgis night walpurgis night walpurgisnacht is a traditional spring festival on 30 april or 1 may in large parts of central and northern europe. Women pilots of the night witches receiving orders for an upcoming raid. On this type of aircraft, the night witches flew more than 24,000 missions.
The tale of the night witches and the polikarpov po2 is a fascinating bit of aviation history. Two pilots, members of the soviet air force, were flying their planes polikarpov po2 biplanes, built mainly of plywood and canvas over a soviet railway junction. This book entails the tales of russias women pilots of world war 2, or, as they would be nicknamed by the germans, night witches. Night witches by kathryn lasky nook book ebook barnes. Iwm rus5179 and nataly meklin 980 night combat missions decorated as heroes of the soviet union for their service with the famed night witches unit during world war ii. In kathryn laskys novel night witches, the protagonist sets out to enlist in the unit. Jan 15, 2018 women like the night witches, russias indomitable female pilots who gave the nazis such a run for their money that history well, forgot about them. Their constant raids made rest for the troops difficult and left them feeling very insecure.
Its wellwritten and researched and i feel it needs to be on high school curricula alongside the book thief. To keep the planes light so they could carry more bombs, the po2 was. Any german pilot who downed a witch was awarded an iron cross. Soviet air force officers, rufina gasheva 848 night combat missions. Mar 12, 2017 the book tells the story of nadia and her comrades in the night witches a group of brave young russian women who flew fighter planes bombing nazi encampments. If youre interested in graphic novels, garth ennis has created a fictional story about the night witches based on the real history. The night witches were largely unique among the female combatants and even the female flyersof world war ii. Night witches, new play about wwii soviet female pilots, gets.
Jul 20, 2017 fortunately, i found night witches by mirren hogan. While they did not form allfemale infantry or tank divisions or anything like that, women did competently fill certain niche combat roles at a time. See more ideas about women in history, world war and female pilot. Jan 24, 2014 another, terrible, episode concerning the witches themselves in their po 2 is surprisingly not mentionned in the link above which is quite complete and matches and recalls finely the memory ive had of my former read. Night witches is a fictional novel, telling the story of the night witches through the eyes of one pilot, nadia valinsky. Everything you need to know about night witches movie. Fortunately, i found night witches by mirren hogan. When her mother is killed during the siege, valya is left with one burning desire. I had never heard of the night witches, nor had i ever read a book on wwii based in russia. Meet the night witches, the daring female pilots who bombed. A thrilling account of russias women pilots in world war ii. The night witches practiced what is known as harassment bombing.
It is about the coming of age of a young russian woman who becomes a night witch. Their targets were encampments, supply depots, rear base areas, etc. With outdated biplanes, no radio, lights, defenses nor parachutes, these ww2 soviet pilots terrorized the germans. But since the germans surrounded stalingrad, valyas been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble. A 1928 design intended for use as a training aircraft and for cropdusting, to this day it is the mostproduced biplane in all of aviation history. Shes a pilot whos always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. Red sisters, black skies is an 18 player live action roleplaying game run at the 2017 phenomenon roleplaying convention in canberra based on jason morningstars night witches.
The book tells the story of nadia and her comrades in the night witches a group of brave young russian women who flew fighter planes bombing nazi encampments. Aircraft from the preproduction series were tested at the end of 1928 and serial production started in 1929 in factory number 23 in leningrad. Amid their heroism, many of the women lost their lives when shot down by antiaircraft fire and, in some cases, fired upon by the huge german fockewolffe 90 aircraft. But to the harried and demoralized invaders below, they were nachthexen, or night witches, dreaded for the broomsticklike whooshing noise heard just before bombs exploded after being dropped from their treetopflying polikarpov po2 airplanes. One night, the germans put a night fighter in the preditable path of the po s.
Night witches, new play about wwii soviet female pilots. Reading the graphic novel the night witches, about female pilots who flew for the russians in world war ii, i thought about jane austen. The stories of the po2 regiment biplanes engaged in night intruder raids and enemyterritory. The story of the night witches is one of my faovrite tales of world war ii. Thank you to the publisher for sending a free copy of the book. Namely the night witches, an allfemale squadron of. Though women were initially barred from combat, major marina raskova used her position and personal.
The polikarpov po2 also u 2, for its initial uchebnyy, training, role as a flight instruction aircraft served as a generalpurpose soviet biplane, nicknamed kukuruznik russian. Night witches was a world war ii german nickname for the all female military aviators of the. Witch remembered witches of night meadow book 2 by v. Night witches by mirren hogan meet your next favorite book. I came across the history of these women flyers quite by accident after seeing the plane they flew at an airshow.
I found the book to be full of history that i knew little about. As a young woman, nadezhda popova volunteered as a pilot during world war ii to drop bombs on german troops, flying planes made of plywood and. It is often celebrated with dancing and with bonfires. They would cut engines and glide to their target, drop bombs, then speed off. With gil mckinney, jeff christian, wesley walker, jeff alba. The stories of the po2 regiment biplanes engaged in nightintruder raids and enemyterritory. It is written for the younger generation, so being old i did wish that sometimes kathryn lasky had gone into more details.
Night witches was a world war ii german nickname for the all female military aviators of the 588th night bomber regiment, known later as the 46th taman guards night bomber aviation regiment, of the soviet air forces. More specifically, i thought about helena kellys 2017 book jane austen. The stories of the po 2 regiment biplanes engaged in night intruder raids and enemyterritory drops are hairraising. Meet the night witches, the daring female pilots who. Night witches and 12 related entities entities finder. In the nazioccupied soviet union, german soldiers had a very real fear of witches. They are dubbed night witches by the frightened german soldiers because. Jason morningstars night witches is a tabletop roleplaying game bully pulpit games, 2015. Since there was silence before the bomb blast, the germans called them night witches and claimed they flew on broomsticks.
Well, full disclosureeg dad found hogan and her novel at supanova sydney 2017 and knew it was exactly the type of book i would love to read. The game was held for two sessions and involved social interactions. They flew po 2 biplanes, called mules and crop dusters by other pilots. Jun 07, 2019 jul 7, 2017 meet the night witches, the daring female pilots who bombed nazis by night. Polikarpov po2 and the night witches simanaitis says. Oct 04, 2017 night witches plays on october 7 and 8, 2017 at the hylton performing arts center, october 9, 2017, at the warrentonfauquier airport free, and october 10, 2017 at the hangar on ground rush farm.
This is an incredible book that kept turning pages right until the end. Heroines of the highest orderand one of the worlds most successful aircraft designsbedeviled the nazis during world war ii. The book gives a great attention to the sexism that at first existed for these women as was similar with books such as a higher call, night witches delivers a fun, intriguing read. During wwii, a female flying unit fights in the battle of moscow. A polikarpov po2, the aircraft type used by the regiment. They were a crucial soviet asset to winning world war ii. It occurred to me, somewhere around the first quarter, that i had never read a wwii fiction book that took place in the ussrrussia and i need to read more in the future, because the combination of that and night witches fascinated me so much.
Jul 15, 20 as a young woman, nadezhda popova volunteered as a pilot during world war ii to drop bombs on german troops, flying planes made of plywood and canvas. The night witches or nacthexen, were named by the germans for the whooshing sound of their repurposed polikarpov 2 po 2 cropdusting biplanes, made of canvas and plywood, as they dropped bombs. The prototype of the u 2, powered by a 74 kw 99 hp shvetsov m11 aircooled fivecylinder radial engine, first flew on 7 january 1928 piloted by m. Jun 18, 2015 night witch commemorative stamps photo. The best aviation and spacethemed books for young readers in 2017. Dec 11, 2017 a damaged and abandoned polikaprov po 2 biplane, forced to land in ukraine, and subsequently captured by german troops, 1941. The night witches achieved great success during the war, many of them receiving the honorable title of hero of the soviet union.
This is a subreddit for war thunder, a cross platform vehicular combat mmo developed by gaijin entertainment for microsoft windows. Jul 7, 2017 meet the night witches, the daring female pilots who bombed nazis by night. Look to the sky for your next exciting novel for young teens. Smithsonian air and space museum best childrens books of 2017.
Night witches, new play about the wwii soviet female fighter. Night witches plays on october 7 and 8, 2017 at the hylton performing arts center, october 9, 2017, at the warrentonfauquier airport free, and october 10, 2017. Valentina baskova is a natural pilot, and has been flying the polikarpov po2 since she was 12 years old. Officially, the heroic pilots were members of the 46th guards night bombing regiment. Soviet night witches pilots aircrew remembered site. Night witches, new play about the wwii soviet female. Feb 04, 2014 two pilots, members of the soviet air force, were flying their planes polikarpov po 2 biplanes, built mainly of plywood and canvas over a soviet railway junction. The top speed of the po 2 biplane was 94 mph 82 knots. Mar 25, 2017 if youre interested in graphic novels, garth ennis has created a fictional story about the night witches based on the real history. In august 2017, russia announced that it would accept female fighter pilots into its air force for the first time since world war ii.
Women played an important role in the soviet front lines. The amazing story of russias women pilots in world war ii bruce myles on. The military provided them with outdated polikarpov po2 biplanes, 1920s cropdusters that had been used as training. The current festival is, in most countries that celebrate it, named after the english missionary saint walburga ca. They stand in front of their polikarpov po 2 biplanes.1228 855 1495 281 1526 1241 994 698 1080 1161 368 1185 223 905 422 1473 1428 1222 357 1196 299 1311 1196 900 541 790 1339 187 577 276 1189 635 661 1623 818 1035 381 1198 918 266 705 193 303 1364 891 379 682 1083 331