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 This week's Women We Love.  Most of you know by now how I feel about war in general, discount capoten and the true motives behind such events.  When you get to the root of all wars, discount capoten and disrobe the illusions of patriotism and manufactured enemies, discount capoten you find they are about money, discount capoten land, discount capoten natural resources and profit being seized for wealthy privileged males at the expense essentially of everyone else.   With that said, discount capoten it cannot be overlooked that in the inevitability of such horrific events, discount capoten there are those who exude incredible courage, discount capoten camaraderie and strength. So is true of the Night Witches. Discount capoten an incredible group of courageous women who flew bombing missions during World War II. Meet the "Night Witches"  The story of the Women's Air Service Pilots (WASP) in the United States is relatively well known. Discount capoten Much less well known however is the story of the Night Witches, discount capoten an incredible group of Soviet women who flew bombing missions during World War II. The year was 1941 and Hitler had invaded the Soviet Union. By November the German army was just 19 miles from Moscow. Discount capoten Leningrad was under siege and 3 million Russians had been taken prisoner. Discount capoten The Soviet air force was grounded. In the summer of 1941 Marina Raskova, discount capoten a record-breaking aviatrix, discount capoten was called upon to organize a regiment of women pilots to fly night combat missions of harassment bombing. From mechanics to navigators, discount capoten pilots and officers, discount capoten the 588th regiment was composed entirely of women. Discount capoten The 588th was so successful and deadly that the Germans came to fear them, discount capoten calling them Nachthexen--night witches. The women, discount capoten most of them barely 20 years old, discount capoten started training in Engels, discount capoten a small town north of Stalingrad. Discount capoten The women of the 588th flew their first bombing mission on June 8, discount capoten 1942. It consisted of three planes; their target was the headquarters of a German division. The raid was successful but one plane was lost. Fighter aces Lilya Litvyak, discount capoten 12 German kills (left) and Katya Budanova, discount capoten 11 German kills (center). Discount capoten They both died in combat. Discount capoten On the right is fellow pilot Mariya Kuznetsova. Natalya Myeklin (at right) and Rufina Gosheva, discount capoten posing after both were decorated with the Hero of the Soviet Union medal. This is a picture of Lilya Litvak, discount capoten more famously nicknamed the "White Rose of Stalingrad". On each side of her YaK-1's cockpit she painted a white lily, discount capoten often confused for a rose—hence the nickname. She was so fond of flowers, discount capoten that she often picked wildflowers and carried them aloft on her missions. Discount capoten According to her mechanic, discount capoten Inna Pasportnikova, discount capoten she had a postcard with yellow roses in her instrument panel. The white rose on the fuselage became famous among the Germans, discount capoten who knew better than to try to dogfight the familiar YaK-1, discount capoten and usually tried to make good their escape before Litvyak got too close. She was repeatedly successful in her flying missions, discount capoten however Lilya was killed while escorting a unit of Shturmoviks returning from an attack in August 1, discount capoten 1943 (it was her third mission that day). Because of her notoriety amongst the Germans, discount capoten eight Messerschmitt Bf 109's concentrated solely on Lilya's plane with number '23' on board, discount capoten and it took all eight Messershmitt to finally shoot down the 'White Rose of Stalingrad'. Her body and aircraft were not found during the war, discount capoten but a marble monument, discount capoten with 12 gold stars one for each enemy plane that she had shot down was erected in her memory. Discount capoten Litvyak had completed 168 missions, discount capoten and had 3 shared victories in addition to her personal twelve. Discount capoten She was 22 years old when she died. Her remains were found at last in 1979, discount capoten buried under her fallen YaK-1's wing, discount capoten near the village of Dmitriyevka. Discount capoten Ten years later her body was recovered for an official burial; and in May 5, discount capoten 1990 she was posthumously conferred the title of Hero of the Soviet Union by then Premier Mikhail Gorbachov. Women-pilots of female air regiments engaged in dogfights, discount capoten cleared the way for the advancing infantry and supported them in ground support missions. The fighter pilots of the all-women 586th IAP (Russian abbreviation for Fighter Aviation Regiment, discount capoten same as Fighter Air Regiment) flew a total of 4, discount capoten419 operational flights (per pilot) and participated in more than 125 separate air battles.  To read more about the "Night Witches":