Prilosec In Us

 This week's Women We Love.  Most of you know by now how I feel about war in general, prilosec in us and the true motives behind such events.  When you get to the root of all wars, prilosec in us and disrobe the illusions of patriotism and manufactured enemies, prilosec in us you find they are about money, prilosec in us land, prilosec in us natural resources and profit being seized for wealthy privileged males at the expense essentially of everyone else.   With that said, prilosec in us it cannot be overlooked that in the inevitability of such horrific events, prilosec in us there are those who exude incredible courage, prilosec in us camaraderie and strength. So is true of the Night Witches. Prilosec in us 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. Prilosec in us Much less well known however is the story of the Night Witches, prilosec in us 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. Prilosec in us Leningrad was under siege and 3 million Russians had been taken prisoner. Prilosec in us The Soviet air force was grounded. In the summer of 1941 Marina Raskova, prilosec in us a record-breaking aviatrix, prilosec in us was called upon to organize a regiment of women pilots to fly night combat missions of harassment bombing. From mechanics to navigators, prilosec in us pilots and officers, prilosec in us the 588th regiment was composed entirely of women. Prilosec in us The 588th was so successful and deadly that the Germans came to fear them, prilosec in us calling them Nachthexen--night witches. The women, prilosec in us most of them barely 20 years old, prilosec in us started training in Engels, prilosec in us a small town north of Stalingrad. Prilosec in us The women of the 588th flew their first bombing mission on June 8, prilosec in us 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, prilosec in us 12 German kills (left) and Katya Budanova, prilosec in us 11 German kills (center). Prilosec in us They both died in combat. Prilosec in us On the right is fellow pilot Mariya Kuznetsova. Natalya Myeklin (at right) and Rufina Gosheva, prilosec in us posing after both were decorated with the Hero of the Soviet Union medal. This is a picture of Lilya Litvak, prilosec in us more famously nicknamed the "White Rose of Stalingrad". On each side of her YaK-1's cockpit she painted a white lily, prilosec in us often confused for a rose—hence the nickname. She was so fond of flowers, prilosec in us that she often picked wildflowers and carried them aloft on her missions. Prilosec in us According to her mechanic, prilosec in us Inna Pasportnikova, prilosec in us she had a postcard with yellow roses in her instrument panel. The white rose on the fuselage became famous among the Germans, prilosec in us who knew better than to try to dogfight the familiar YaK-1, prilosec in us and usually tried to make good their escape before Litvyak got too close. She was repeatedly successful in her flying missions, prilosec in us however Lilya was killed while escorting a unit of Shturmoviks returning from an attack in August 1, prilosec in us 1943 (it was her third mission that day). Because of her notoriety amongst the Germans, prilosec in us eight Messerschmitt Bf 109's concentrated solely on Lilya's plane with number '23' on board, prilosec in us 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, prilosec in us but a marble monument, prilosec in us with 12 gold stars one for each enemy plane that she had shot down was erected in her memory. Prilosec in us Litvyak had completed 168 missions, prilosec in us and had 3 shared victories in addition to her personal twelve. Prilosec in us She was 22 years old when she died. Her remains were found at last in 1979, prilosec in us buried under her fallen YaK-1's wing, prilosec in us near the village of Dmitriyevka. Prilosec in us Ten years later her body was recovered for an official burial; and in May 5, prilosec in us 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, prilosec in us 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, prilosec in us same as Fighter Air Regiment) flew a total of 4, prilosec in us419 operational flights (per pilot) and participated in more than 125 separate air battles.  To read more about the "Night Witches":  http://www.seizethesky.com/nwitches/nitewtch.html