|Irina Feodorovna Sebrova|
|Native name||Ирина Фёдоровна Себрова|
December 25, 1914|
Novomoskovsk, Tula Governorate
April 5, 2000 (aged 85)|
Moscow, Russian Federation
|Service/||Soviet Air Force|
|Years of service||1941–1948|
|Unit||588th Night Bomber Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Irina Feodorovna Sebrova (Russian: Ирина Фёдоровна Себрова) (December 25, 1914 – April 5, 2000) was a lieutenant and pilot for the Soviet Air Forces who served in the all-female Night Witches during the Second World War. Sebrova was awarded the title Hero of Soviet Union on 23 February 1945 for her first 825 bombing missions.
Born in December 25, 1914 in Tetyakovka, Novomoskovsk to a working-class family, Sebrova moved to Moscow and graduated with a degree in milling from Moscow University, after which she worked in a factory. At the age of 23, she was already an experienced flight instructor at the Frunze flight club in Moscow. In 1938, she graduated from the Moscow Aeroclub, and in 1940 she began training in military aviation.
After joining the Red Army in October 1941, she completed her military aviation studies at Engels and was assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment in 1942 which was later nicknamed the "Night Witches" by German troops. The regiment was later awarded the Guards designation and became the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment under the 4th Air Army. Sebrova joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1943. During the war she flew 1,008 sorties on the Po-2, after 825 of which she was nominated for the title Hero of the Soviet Union which she received on 23 February 1945.
With the title Hero of Soviet Union Sebrova was awarded an Order of Lenin. She was also awarded three Orders of the Red Banner; the Order of the Patriotic War in the 1st and 2nd class; the Order of the Red Star; as well as various campaign and jubilee medals.
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