Re: German Female Glider Training
- From: Rob <teuton263@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:04:20 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 2, 10:40�am, "David E. Powell" <David_Powell3...@xxxxxxx>
On Aug 2, 1:31�pm, Rob <teuton...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 2, 10:14 am, Davis <paperbagsarespif...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 2, 12:07 pm, Davis <paperbagsarespif...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 2, 12:00 pm, Rob Arndt <teuton...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
a bunch of helferihnen wearing M-43s -- everyone in this photo knew by
the time it was taken that the war was lost.
sorry, that was me - didnt know my kid was signed on
Actually that was a late 1944 all-female training pic taken in either
Silesia or Hesse (?) and most of the women have a combination of NSFK
gear and Luftwaffe. Several hundred female instructors and
Helferrinnen were tasked with forming a "Luftwaffe Volkssturm" unit
and trained both the HJ for level flight and some promising female BDM
girls (which technically was forbidden). This would enable the HJ
males to go on to the He-162S training.
NSFK females could also not hold rank but again a few exceptions were
made in certain cases.
Hanna Reitsch DID get permission in early 1945 to form a female flying
combat unit but Hitler rescinded his order in March 1945.
However there were mixed Luftwaffe female fliers/NSFK like
Oberstleutnant Sibylle von Jagow:http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c174/Krollspell666/SibyllevonJagow4...
How about getting them involved in farming and manufacturing? There
wasn't as much LW need for ferry pilots as in the USAAF.
Though the Soviets had female combat pilots so there was a precedent
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Though I know you don't mean to be disrespectful, your first comments
about possible German female combat pilots is insulting. German
females operated LW flak batteries and searchlight batteries as well
as ferrying some aircraft from factories to LW airbases. Others late
in the war used a/c to rescue VIPs and family. Hanna landed the Storch
with precision in Berlin and flew many types of aircraft that other
pilots never did including piloting a prone V-1 missile. The LW had
some excellent female test pilots and the NSFK ensured that there were
hundreds of trained female glider pilots and instructors.
As for farming and production, Hitler could have solved this w/o women
if he had put the German economy on total war production in 1939 and
not by 1943!!! He also could have followed his Generals' advice and
simply stockpiled weapons until 1945 before starting the war.
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