Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Honored Allies Wednesday: Valentina Grizodubova (USSR)

"Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova was one of the first female pilots in the Soviet Union awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the only female Hero of the Soviet Union to also be awarded the title Hero of Socialist Labour.  On September 24–25, 1938, flying as pilot-in-command with Marina Raskova as navigator and Polina Osipenko as co-pilot, she completed the 5,910-kilometer-long flight named Rodina (Russian for "Motherland") on an Antonov ANT-37, setting an international women's record for a straight-line distance flight.  She had already accumulated 5000 flight hours flight before the historic event; after the flight she and her crew members became the first women awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on 2 November 1938, also receiving a reward of 25,000 rubles."  She would also receive the Order of Lenin for her actions before and after WWII.
Another honored ally,
Brian & Mel
Russian stamp from 2010

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