Luftwaffe female pilots?

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Luftwaffe female pilots?

Post by Grand Mufti Haj Amin » 12 Nov 2005 05:28

Did any German women serve in the Luftwaffe as pilots towards the end of the war?

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Post by Benoit Douville » 12 Nov 2005 05:59

I am not sure about the end of the War but here is the list of the German women that I know who were in the Luftwaffe:

-Hanna Reitsch
-Elli Beinhorn
-Liesel Bach
-Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg
-Beate Uhse

By the way, great site that you have about Erwin Rommel.

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Post by Geoff Walden » 14 Nov 2005 14:30

Benoit Douville wrote:I am not sure about the end of the War but here is the list of the German women that I know who were in the Luftwaffe:

-Hanna Reitsch
-Elli Beinhorn
-Liesel Bach
-Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg
-Beate Uhse




What was Melitta's relationship to Claus von Stauffenberg of the 20 July 1944 bomb plot?

Is that the same Beate Uhse who founded the chain of Erotik stores in Germany?

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Geoff Walden

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Post by MadderCat » 14 Nov 2005 16:31

@Geoff Walden
concerning Beate Uhse : yep



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Post by PPoS » 14 Nov 2005 16:40

I've heard that Hanna Reitsch actually wanted Luftwaffe pilots to make "kamikaze" attacks at the end of the war.

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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 14 Nov 2005 18:29

Hello Gentlemen!

First about the question of PPoS...
I've heard that Hanna Reitsch actually wanted Luftwaffe pilots to make "kamikaze" attacks at the end of the war.

Hanna Reitsch, in her duties as a military test pilot made a test flight in the prototype Fiesler Fi 103 "Reichenberg", the manned V-1. She also tested the two-seated version of this "kamikaze" aircraft.

Now to Geoff's question...
What was Melitta's relationship to Claus von Stauffenberg of the 20 July 1944 bomb plot?

Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg (née Schiller) was married to Alexander Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, the brother of Klaus. She worked for the Luftwaffe more like a transport pilot and was shot down on April 8, 1945 while piloting a Bücker Bü 108 from Berlin-Gatow to southern Germany. She was shot down by ab american fighter near Straßkirchen but managed to do an emergency landing. She succumbed to her gun wounds a few hours later in the hospital.
Source for Melitta. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melitta_Schiller

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Flugkapitän Hanna Reitsch

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Flukapitän Melitta Schiller, or Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg

Picture sources: http://www.junge-konservative.de


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Post by Acolyte » 14 Nov 2005 18:39

Geoff Walden wrote:Is that the same Beate Uhse who founded the chain of Erotik stores in Germany?

Thanks,

Geoff Walden


Indeed. She passed away in 2001. By the way, her husband was also a fighter pilots who perished during the war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beate_Uhse-Rotermund

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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 14 Nov 2005 18:43

Hello again Gentlemen!

While I'm at it... I visited the library a while ago and looked through some pages of the "Almanach de Gotha", the book(s) on german nobility. There I found a picture of a woman in Luftwaffe uniform with the title of Flugkapitän. The name of this woman, if memory serves me right was Sibylline, or Sabine von Jagow. I've tried searching the Net but so far nothing... I will look it up in due time at the library, but my question is if any Forum member have any kind of information on this woman?


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Beate Uhse

Post by FalkeEins » 17 Nov 2005 22:27

..her husband was a Wilde Sau nightfighter Bf 109 pilot with JG 301..he crashed and burned in May 1944.. the Wikpedia article has more than a few errors.....

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Post by Heimatschuss » 13 Jan 2007 01:52

Hello,

here are two more pictures of Melitta Schenk von Stauffenberg.

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http://www.drk.de/generalsekretariat/stauffenberg.htm

The site also has a good biography of her (in German).

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Post by Scarlett » 13 Jan 2007 16:31

Doktor Krollspell wrote:Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg (née Schiller) was married to Alexander Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, the brother of Klaus. She worked for the Luftwaffe more like a transport pilot
Melitta Gräfin Schenk von Stauffenberg didn`t work as transport-pilot.
She was with Erprobungsstelle Rechlin and later with the Technical Academy of the Luftwaffe. Her work mainly comprised the development and testing of aiming devices for dive-bombers. She herself made almost 3.000 nose-dives with Ju 87 and Ju 88, sometimes 15 a day.
Her work was considered so important by the nazis that she - in spite of being from a jewish family - formally got the status of an aryan.

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Post by Vikki » 15 Jan 2007 02:52

Great photos, Heimatschuss!

And fascinating details, Scarlett! Could you give us your source for reference, as you've given some excellent sources for other information here?

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Post by Scarlett » 15 Jan 2007 12:23

Vikki wrote: Could you give us your source for reference, as you've given some excellent sources for other information here?

~Vikki
The best source is the book (German)
Gerhard Bracke, . Melitta Gräfin Stauffenberg - Das Leben einer Fliegerin. Munich 1990
On the web:
http://userblogs.free-radio.de/index.ph ... &tb=1&pb=1 (German)
http://alexdesilesie.oldiblog.com/?page ... 3243&nba=3 (French)
http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/pioneers.html (in the section Aviatrices - WWII look for Melitta Schiller)
http://forum.wo2.nl/viewtopic.php?t=3409 (Dutch)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melitta_Sc ... auffenberg (English)
Some more information about her in Peter Hoffmann of McGill University - Stauffenberg: A Family History 1905-44 - McGill University Press.

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Post by Vikki » 16 Jan 2007 00:41

Thanks, Scarlett!

Best,
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Post by faf_476 » 16 Jan 2007 06:44

Was, there any women from Luftwaffe, serving in Africa?
If there is could someone, tell me the name and some info about her?

Well, thanks in advance
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faf

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