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Call Sign, White Lily honors heroine Lilia Litvyak on the 70th anniversary of her death

NEW YORK (August 1, 2013) —NEW YORK (August 1, 2013)— The new edition of bestseller Call Sign, White Lily marks the 70th anniversary of the death of the world’s first female ace, Russian pilot Lilia Litvyak.

Call Sign, White Lily (Orca Publishing Co.) tells how Litvyak traded her childhood for a YAK‐1 fighter when her homeland called and shredded Hitler’s vaunted all male Luftwaffe. In the process she became the world’s first female ace before dying in combat over the Ukraine on August 1, 1943 just short of her 22nd birthday. Almost 50 years later Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev posthumously awarded Litvyak the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

“Lilia’s story is more important today—70 years after her death—than ever,” Crisci explained. “It speaks to the power and courage of women everywhere and the unprecedented sacrifices made by tens of millions of Soviets during the Second World War. But it also reminds us how the world is stronger and safer when Russians and Americans trust each other and find common ground.”

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