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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse A Dance With Death for describing the
personal stories of the Soviet Airwomen as actually told by them.

A Dance With Death
Soviet Airwomen in World War II
World's First Women Combat Fliers!
By Anne Noggle

A Dance With Death (1994) - 318 pages
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World's First Women Combat Fliers!

The world's first women combat pilots were members of the Soviet Army Air Force, flying fighters and bomber aircraft against the Luftwaffe. Thirty women flyers were named the Hero of the Soviet Union, one of the nation's highest honors.

During three extended visits to Moscow during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Anne Noggle interviewed and photographed more than seventy of these veteran pilots. Freed by glasnost to speak openly of their experiences, they tell in their own words of flying flimsy aircraft, fighting distrust from male pilots and officers, and taking to the air for as many as a thousand nights during the war.

The women who tell their stories here began the war mostly as inexperienced girls - many of them teenagers. In support of their homeland, they volunteered to serve as bomber and fighter pilots, navigator-bombardiers, gunners, and support crews. They saw many of their friends - as well as many of their foes - fall to earth in flames.

But equally courageous were the women's efforts to show the Red Army that they were entirely adequate to the great role they sought. For even though Stalin had decreed equality for both sexes, the women had to grapple initially with deep distrust from male pilots and Red Army officers, against whom they eventually prevailed. War, Stalin-era politics, and human emotion mix in these gripping, first-person accounts.

Anne Noggle, herself an American Women Airforce Service Pilot in World War II, returned from the Air Force as a captain. She is a former adjunct professor of art and curator of photography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of New Mexico, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has written other articles and books, including For God, Country, and the Thrill of It: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II, also published by Texas A&M University Press.

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A Dance With Death
Soviet Airwomen in World War II
World's First Women Combat Fliers!
By Anne Noggle

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse A Dance With Death for describing the
personal stories of the Soviet Airwomen as actually told by them.