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    One Po-2 flew just over my head yesterday

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    Wasn't it also nicknamed the sewing machine?

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    Germans nicknamed the craft the sewing machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chatnick_ View Post
    Germans nicknamed the craft the sewing machine
    Same name appears in a famous Soviet movie as well. "Only Old Men Are Going to Battle"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitnikGr View Post
    Same name appears in a famous Soviet movie as well. "Only Old Men Are Going to Battle"
    The Night Witches or Nachthexenreferred to the night bombing raids on German front line positions by all female squadrons flying the PO-2.

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    The Po-2 is 2-OP (War Thunder joke).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauld View Post
    The Night Witches or Nachthexenreferred to the night bombing raids on German front line positions by all female squadrons flying the PO-2.
    And your point for stating the well known fact is...?






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    I think I meant to quote the sewing machine post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitnikGr View Post
    And your point for stating the well known fact is...?
    Perhaps mauld realizes that not everyone is an expert on obscure on WW2 jargon.

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    From Sabaton's new album.
    From the depths of Hell in silence
    Cast their spells, explosive violence
    Russian night time flight perfected
    Flawless vision, undetected

    Pushing on and on, their planes are going strong
    Air force's number one
    Somewhere down below they're looking for the foe
    Bomber's on a run
    You can't hide, you can't move, just abide
    Their attack's been proved
    Raiders in the dark
    Silent through the night the witches join the fight
    Never miss their mark

    Canvas wings of death
    Prepare to meet your fate
    Night bomber regiment
    588

    Undetected, unexpected
    Wings of glory
    Tell their story
    Avidiation, deviation
    Undetected
    Stealth perfected

    Foes are losing ground, retreating to the sound
    Death is int he air
    Suddenly appears, confirming all your fears
    Strike from witches lair
    Target found, come around, barrels sound
    From the battleground
    Axis aiming high
    Rodina awaits, defeat them at the gates
    Live to fight and fly

    Beneath the starlight of the heavens
    Unlikely heroes in the skies
    Witches to attack, witches coming back
    As they appear on the horizon
    The wind will whisper when the Night Witches come!

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