'In November 1944 the capital was being devastated by US and British bombers. My presence was important. German radio broadcast to the city, ‘Stand fast. Hanna Reitsch endures this with you.’
-Hanna Reitsch

[Below: Hanna Reitsch as an adorable child.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch on the piano.]

[Below: An early indentification photo of Hanna Reitsch.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch - as above, but fuller view.]

[Below: Hanna Reisch's Pilot Observation Badge in Gold with Diamonds.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch with two glider pilots.]

[Below: April 1941, Hanna Reitsch in her hometown of Hirschberg after being awarded the Iron Cross.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch and her mother.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch with her mother in front of the Town Hall at Hirschberg, after the presentation of a Scroll of Honorary Citizenship, April 6, 1941.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch with Technical Director of the Fieseler company Erich Bachem during an air show in Kassel-Waldau, Germany, July 17, 1938.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch and aviation pioneer Henrich Focke. Focke, among other things, is known for having developed the turbo shaft propulsion system used by the majority of all the world's helicopters.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch at a large airshow event in Kassel-Waldau, 1938. Waldau is one of 23 districts of Kassel in Hessen, Germany.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch with BDM girls.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch in 1936 at Wasserkuppe. Courtesy of the Bundesarchiv.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch in Darmstadt-Griesheim, summer 1942.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch meeting with Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering. Circa March 1941.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch meeting with Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering. Circa March 1941.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch and Adolf Hitler. Courtesy of the BPK.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch with Rudolf Hess at a reception in Führerbau, February 25, 1939.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch posing in front of a Hirth Hahicht (Hawk) on the first day of the 1938 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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[Below: A period appearance of Hanna Reitsch from a German newspaper.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch on the cover of the magazine 'Kölnische Illustrierte Zeitung'. March 9, 1944.]

[Below: Hanna during an Allied hearing after the war.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch. Circa 1956.]

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[Below: Hanna meeting a tribal king in Ghana, 1961.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch worked in Ghana in the 1960s modernizing the country's aviation. She worked for Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of Ghana. She helped develop a gliding school at Afienya, working closely with the armed forces. Nkrumah and Reitsch would become close friends.]

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[Below: Reitsch and Kaiser, Waku, South Africa, 8-21-1955.]

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[Below: Hanna Reitsch meeting with National Socialist and Father of NASA Wernher von Braun.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch meeting with Neil Armstrong. Circa 1970.]

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[Below: President John F. Kennedy with members of the Association of Women Helicopter Pilots. Left to right: Janey Hart; Jean Ross Howard; Danna Henderson; Hanna Reitsch; Dora Dougherty; Judy Short; Ellen Gilmour; President Kennedy; Jean Wilson; Barbara Kiernan; Massachusetts State Aeronautics Commissioner, Charlotte Kelley; Ann Shaw Carter. Rose Garden, White House, Washington, D.C., May 4, 1961.]

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[Below: Original German edition of Hanna Reitsch's book 'The Sky My Kingdom'.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch's book 'The Sky My Kingdom', first published in English in 1955.]

[Below: Czech version of Hanna Reitsch's book 'The Sky My Kingdom'.]

[Below: Here is an old advertisement for 'The Sky My Kingdom'.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch's signature.]

[Below: Modern commemorative badge. It's strange that it features a 'Gigant' German plane, which Reitsch never flew to my knowledge.]

[Below: It's worth mentioning here that a 1965 British film called Operation Crossbow, later re-released as The Great Spy Mission, used the true story of Hanna Reitsch taking over tests of the prototype Fieseler Fi 103R Reichenberg (a manned V1 aircraft developed in 1944). Pictures from this film are on the internet being credited as being authentic WWII photos! Below is one of them, so beware.]

[Below: Here's a poster of Operation Crossbow.]


'[Hanna Reitsch was] a firm believer in National Socialism herself until her dying day'
-McGill University historian Colin Gilmour in a 2017 interview.