Lydiia Vladimirovna Litviak
Лидия Владимировна Литвяк

18 August 1921 - 1 August 1943

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“How rarely do we recall the names of the women fighter pilots! There weren't many of them, but their combat actions deserve the very highest appraisal. After all, they disproved the erroneous opinion that the profession of air combat is unacceptable for women. Katia Budanova and Liliia Litviak were, for us, dependable comrades-in-arms in the skies of the front.”

Vladimir Dmitrievich Lavrinenkov,
Vozvrashchenie v nebo [Return to the Sky] 2nd ed. (Moscow: Voenizdat, 1983), pp. 56-57.