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In Flight are the Night Witches (V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy')

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In Flight are the Night Witches
(V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy')
Nochnye vedmy-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeniya Zhigulenko
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sr.Lt. Oksana Zakharchenko Valentina Grushina
Sgt. Galya Polikarpova Yana Druz
Capt. Marya Ivanovna Nina Menshikova
Capt. Dusya Boguslavskaya Valeriya Zaklunnaya
Fedya Pavlov Dmitri Zamulin

In Flight are the Night Witches (V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy') is a Soviet 1981 war movie. The movie tells about the Soviet female military aviators of a night bomber regiment, nicknamed Nachthexen (Night Witches) by Germans. Yevgeniya Zhigulenko, the director of the movie, herself served in female night bomber regiment during the WW2.

The following weapons are seen in the movie In Flight are the Night Witches (V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy'):

Tokarev TT-33

The service sidearms of Soviet pilots are Tokarev TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Capt. Boguslavskaya (Valeriya Zaklunnaya) has a TT holster at her belt.
Sgt. Galya Polikarpova (Yana Druz) shows her unloaded TT to an orphan boy Fedya Pavlov (Dmitri Zamulin) who was adopted by the female pilots.
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Galya Polikarpova cocks the pistol.
Fedya holds the pistol.
Fedya with TT in another scene.

SPSh Flare Pistol

SPSh Flare Pistols are seen in several scenes.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Capt. Boguslavskaya (Valeriya Zaklunnaya) with a flare pistol.
Flare pistols are used for salute.


PPSh-41 SMGs with drum magazines are seen in hands of Soviet marines in the scene of the night landing.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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In the same scene several of marines carry anachronistic SKS rifles. They are seen very blurry due to fast motion but they are still recognisable.

Simonov SKS - 7.62x39mm
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German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
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Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS Machine Gun

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS machine guns are mounted on Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes.

ShKAS aircraft machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A ShKAS is seen behind Sgt. Galya Polikarpova (Yana Druz).
Fedya plays with a ShKAS.
A close view at the ShKAS.

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