World War II heroes now in color

Maria Dolina (1922–2010) was a Soviet pilot and acting squadron commander of the 125th “Marina M. Raskova” Borisov Guards Dive Bomber Regiment. She performed 72 sorties in a Pe-2 aircraft, dropping 45,000 kg bombs. In six aerial combats Maria’s crew shot down 3 enemy fighters. On August 18, 1945, Dolina was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Maria Dolina (1922–2010) was a Soviet pilot and acting squadron commander of the 125th “Marina M. Raskova” Borisov Guards Dive Bomber Regiment. She performed 72 sorties in a Pe-2 aircraft, dropping 45,000 kg bombs. In six aerial combats Maria’s crew shot down 3 enemy fighters. On August 18, 1945, Dolina was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Archive image / Colored by Klimbim
Russian artist Olga Shirnina (also known as 'klimbim') colors archive images of Soviet heroes.
Pilots of the 102nd Guards Fighter Regiment. Left to right: Junior Lieutenant Zhileostov, Junior Lieutenant Anatoliy Ivanov (deceased), Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Alexandrov (deceased), Dmitryi Shpigu (deceased), N. Kritsyn, Vladimir Gorbachev.
Roza Shanina (1924 – 1945), a Soviet sniper during World War II.
Soviet female fighter pilots in Crimea, 1944.
Female captain in the Soviet army medical service, 1945.
Anti-tank artilleryman.
Anti-tank artillery crew members.
Red Army fighter Katerina Spivak controls traffic on the roads of Berlin, 1945.
Semyon Nomokonov (1900 – 1973) having a rest with comrades, 1942. Semyon was a famous soviet sniper during World War II, credited with as many as 367 kills.
Tank driver Mikhail Smirnov after a battle. He ended the war with 3 medals and 4 orders of merit.
Traffic controllers on the Volkhov Front, 1943.
Maria Dolina (1922 – 2010) flew 72 bombing missions against enemy ammunition depots, strongpoints, tanks, artillery batteries, and rail and water transport in support of Soviet ground troops. On August 18, 1945, Dolina was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
Sofia Avericheva (1914 – 2015), Soviet/Russian theater actress. In 1942 she volunteered to serve in an infantry division, and was injured in 1943. After the war she returned to the stage.
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