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Once Upon a Time in War
Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova: the only female pilot & navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during WWII. From May 1942 she served as navigator & later became head of communication of the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment—referred to as the Night Witches. Dospanova made 300+ combat missions & was injured in 1943 while landing in blackout conditions. She survived the crash but fractured her legs. 3 months later, she returned to keep fighting, going all the way to Berlin for victory ~
Female Marine Engineer | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Private first class Ann D. Dozier, a refrigerating engineer from the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve, poses for a photograph at the Mauna Loa Ridge encampment in Honolulu. She is wearing a jumpsuit and holding a tool to make an adjustment on a piece of machinery. Photograph by Dickey Chapelle ~
WWII Day-By-Day: April 3
03 Apr 44: 24 year old aviator Evelyn Sharp, one of the original Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilots, is killed in Pennsylvania in the crash of a twin engine P-38 Lightning. At the time of her death she was a squadron commander, only three flights from her fifth rating, the highest certificate then available to women ~