The 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment was an all female Soviet regiment formed during the Second World war. It came to be known as Stalin's Falcons.
In April 1943, two Soviet fighter pilots, Raisa Sumachevskaia and Tamara Pamiatnykh, engaged a group of 42 German bombers and shot down four. Pamiatnykh and Sumachevskaia were scrambled to intercept two reconnaissance aircraft. When they reached the patrol area, they discovered instead two groups of German bombers-forty-two aircraft in all. Their regimental commander, who was in the command post when they radioed for instruction, said, "What was there to do? I got on the radio and commanded them, "Attack!"
"Some representatives from Great Britain saw all of this," wrote Aleksandr Gridnev, their commander. "they reported it to the King of England, and he sent the girls inscribed gold watches. But our own people never even found the time to give them [gold star of the] Hero of the Soviet Union medal. I believe this is one of the most distinguished victories of the entire war. They should hang two gold stars on each of them for this.