Nadezhda Popova, who has died aged was a member of an elite corps of Soviet women — known as the “Night Witches” — who fought as bomber pilots in the air war against Germany, and the only one to win three Orders of the Patriotic War for bravery.
At the time of her death in pioneer American aviator Jacqueline Cochran held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation history. She was also the first woman to break the sound barrier in
Maureen Adele Chase Dunlop de Popp October 1920 – 29 May née Dunlop, was an Anglo-Argentine pilot who flew for the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War II, and became notable as a pin-up on the cover of the Picture Post magazine.
Sara Forbes Bonetta was captured aged five by slave raiders in west Africa, rescued by Captain Frederick E Forbes, then presented as a ‘gift’ to Queen Victoria. Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Frecker collection/The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography.