Hitler Hated Her: Meet Lilya Litvak, One of Russia's Best Female Fighter Pilots
The National Interest -

Warfare History Network

History, Europe

She killed a lot of Nazis.

These female pilots displayed incredible courage and stamina that rapidly won the admiration of their skeptical male superiors.

When German panzer and infantry columns rumbled across the frontier into Russia on June 22, 1941, the Soviet Air Force was woefully unready for war.

Marshal Josef Stalin had decided to revamp military aviation. Like the Red Army, whose officer corps he had brutally purged in the 1930s, Soviet air...

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