(i) By 1945, this incredible young woman form the coal fields of Eastern Ukraine would write her name in pencil on the wall of Reichstag in Berlin, as Hitler's empire finally died.
(ii) As soon as war was declared, she rushed to the airfield to enlist, but it would only be in October 1941 - four months of heartbreak later- that her offer would be accepted.
(iii) Nadia was a member of a flying club since she was 15, and had completed her first solo flight and her first parachute jump aged 16.
(iv) She lost 30 comrades in action, and would be one of the 23 women of her regiment awarded the nation's highest honour along with the Order of Lenin and three Orders of the Patriotic War.
(v) She would become part of a unit - a squadron leader, no less - that flew up to 30,000 missions in the most primitive of planes and dropped an estimated 23,000 tons of bombs.