Yekaterina Zelenko

Yekaterina Ivanovna Zelenko (September 14, 1916 – September 12, 1941) was a Soviet Ukrainian war pilot. She remains the only woman ever known to have performed an aerial ramming after she rammed her Su-2 downwards into a German Messerschmitt Bf-109 on 12 September 1941 after being confronted by a group of seven Bf-109s while out of ammunition. She was not awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union until 1990 because the town where the remains of the two planes fell was taken over by the Axis before her death was reported to the military, leaving the ramming unknown to Soviet authorities until after the war.


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