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Oberstabsarzt Dr. Ernst Gadermann  he flew more than 850 combat missions in  Ju 87 (Stuka) aircraft as a rear gunner. From May 1944 until his last mission on 9 February 1945 he flew with the most decorated German serviceman of the war, Hans-Ulrich Rudel. On this last mission he saved Rudel's life by pulling him from their severely damaged Ju 87 and applying first aid. Rudel's lower leg had been almost shot off, but he managed to land the aircraft before losing consciousness.

Oberstabsarzt Dr. Ernst Gadermann he flew more than 850 combat missions in Ju 87 (Stuka) aircraft as a rear gunner. From May 1944 until his last mission on 9 February 1945 he flew with the most decorated German serviceman of the war, Hans-Ulrich Rudel. On this last mission he saved Rudel's life by pulling him from their severely damaged Ju 87 and applying first aid. Rudel's lower leg had been almost shot off, but he managed to land the aircraft before losing consciousness.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (1922-2005), a much decorated WWII combat pilot in one of the 3 women-only Soviet air regiments. She flew 980 night missions by the end of the war. After she graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages  as a translator until retiring. Among her many awards was the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest distinction in the Soviet Union, awarded personally or collectively for heroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society.

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

Ship killer:  From Squadron signals' Junkers Ju 88 in action pt I ... "a highly unusual modification was carried by this Ju 88A-4 (9K+FB) werk-nr 1050 of II/KG 51 in rumania during 1941, the bomber was field modified with two flame thrower tubes mounted under the rudder. Altough successfully tested, the oil fed flame thrower never reached operational status on the ju88."

A German Junkers Ju 88 pilot showing his confirmed enemy vessels sunk.

Oberfeldwebel Johann-Peter Oekenpöhler (right) with his co-pilot, pin by Paolo Marzioli

6255 x 4296 pixels - MB Oberfeldwebel Johann-Peter Oekenpöhler (right) with his co-pilot. The original caption from SIGNAL magazine: "w.