During World War II, every able-bodied man, woman, and sometimes even children, were mobilized across the USSR to defeat the enemy. In 1941, three women’s air force units were formed, which became a nightmare for the Nazis. They came to be known as the Night Witches for appearing in the dark skies seemingly out of nowhere.
The night-bomber regiments were made up of women, mostly under the age of 22.
Twenty-three of the girls were awarded with the honor ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’. Here’s a brief look at some of their stories.

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