Irina Sebrova

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Irina Feodorovna Sebrova
Native name Ирина Фёдоровна Себрова
Born (1914-12-25)December 25, 1914
Novomoskovsk, Tula Governorate
Died April 5, 2000(2000-04-05) (aged 85)
Moscow
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Air Forces
Years of service 1941-1948
Rank First lieutenant
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.

Biography[edit]

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.

Joining the Red Army in October 1941, she completed her military aviation studies and was assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, also known as the Night Witches, in 1942. Sebrova took part in 1008 bombing sorties against the Axis. Sebrova joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1943.

Sebrova retired from the Air Force in 1948, joining the Moscow Aviation Institute. She died in 2000 and is buried in Rakitin Cemetery.

Awards[edit]

On February 23, 1945, by decree of the Presidium, Sebrova was awarded the Hero of Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.

Sebrova also received 3 Orders of the Red Banner; the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st and 2nd class; the Order of the Red Star; and various medals.

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References[edit]

Ракобольская И. В., Кравцова Н. Ф. — «Нас называли ночными ведьмами». М.: Изд-во МГУ, 2005. — 336 с

Bibliography[edit]

  • Milanetti, Gian Piero (2013). Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War - A pictorial history. Istituto Bibliografico Napoleone, Rome, Italy. ISBN 9788875651466.