Speaking of Witches

“The Nazis called them ‘Night Witches’ because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick.”–NYTimes

Which raises the question–how did Germans know what a flying broomstick sounded like in the first place?

3 thoughts on “Speaking of Witches

  1. Germany has long been alive with witches. About 60% of the witch persecutions in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries were the lands that are now Germany.

  2. I was talking with some friends about that obit, and we were impressed that these women were kind of like our WASPS, but flying planes made out of plywood and canvas, and carrying BOMBS. Russians: Always More Badass Than You.

  3. WASPS at Camp Davis (who were civilians — weren’t formally recognized as vets until 1977) weren’t combat pilots. They towed the “targets” when the Air Force was training men to sight/shoot their anti-aircraft guns…using live rounds. So, they had badass moments, but not as badass as flying a treehouse with wings in the dark without any nav equipment.

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