Strike Witches (OAV)

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Trivia:

Most characters' names (except the main character Joto Hiko Heiso (Senior Flight Sergeant) Yoshika "Mamefuji" Miyafuji) are after famous historical fighter aces:

  • Oberleutnant Erica "Frau" Hartmann = Erich "Bubi" Hartmann, 352 victories, "ace of aces"
  • Hauptmann Gertrud "Trude" Barkhorn = Gerhard Barkhorn, 301 victories
  • Senior Lieutenant Sanya V. "Lilya" Litvyak = Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak, 12 victories, one of two female aces in history
  • Tenente Francesca "Gattino" Lucchini = Franco Lucchini, 26+ victories
  • Shoi Mio "Samurai" Sakamoto = Saburo Sakai (60+ victories) + Tetsuzo Iwamoto (80 victories)
  • Oberstleutnant Minna-Dietlinde "Füllstein" Wilcke = Wolf-Dietrich Wil(c)ke, 162 victories
  • Sergeant Lynette "Lynne" Bishop = Billy Bishop, ~72 victories
  • Captain Charlotte E. "Charlie" Yeager = Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, 11.5 victories, first man to break the sound barrier in level flight
  • Kadetti Eila Ilmatar "Il" Juutilainen = Ilmari Juutilainen, 94 victories
  • Lieutenant Perrine-H. "Clostel" Clostermann = Pierre Clostermann, 23+ victories

The callsigns of Oberleutnant Erica "Frau" Hartmann and Hauptmann Gertrud "Trude" Barkhorn were adapted from Frau Trude, tale number 43 of the famous Kinder- und Hausmärchen ("Children's and Household Tales," better known as Grimm's Fairy Tales) by Brothers Grimm.

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