Hero of the Soviet Union Maria Smirnova | ГСС Мария Смирнова by Olga
Finally had a chance to wear our 1944 Soviet pilot dress uniforms. The RKKA VVS( Military Air Force) included 3 all female air regiments as well as women in various relateded roles in the VVS. The most well known is the 588th Nigh Bomber Aviation Regiment (known as the Night Witches).
We’re both wearing Order of the Red Star and Order of the Great Patriotic War 2nd Class, both common awards for pilots in the later half of the war.
Also, we may have gotten part of the inspiration for putting this impression together by watching the Soviet film Only Old Men are Going into Battle.
Pilot of the 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment Tamara Pamyatnykh in front of her Yak-1 fighter