Female pilots: Evdokia Bershanskaya, Maria Smirnova and Polina Gelman

Evdokia Bershanskaya, Maria Smirnova, Polina Gelman

Soviet heroic female pilots (“Night Witches”) from the 46th Guards Taman night bomber aviation regiment of the 325th night bomber aviation division of the 4th Air Army of the 2nd Belorussian Front: Evdokia Bershanskaya (left), Maria Smirnova (standing) and Polina Gelman.
Evdokiya Davydovna Bershanskaya (1913-1982) – commander of women’s 588th night light bomber aviation regiment (NLBAP, since 1943 – 46th Guards Taman night bomber regiment). The only woman among them was awarded the military orders of Suvorov (III degree) and Alexander Nevsky.
Maria Vasilievna Smirnova (1920-2002) – commander of the squadron of the 46th Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment. By August 1944, it had carried out 805 night sorties. 10/26/1944 was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
Polina Vladimirovna Gelman (1919-2005) – the chief of communications of an air squadron of 46th Guards night bomber aviation regiment. By May 1945, as the navigator of the Po-2, made 860 sorties. 05/15/1946 awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

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