..a couple of interesting late-war pictures recently posted on the 'German Warplanes' page on FB depict a Dora being attended to by an all-female ground crew. From the accompanying comments it is apparent that few enthusiasts are aware of the role played by German women in the Luftwaffe, especially in the closing months of the war..when manpower was otherwise all but exhausted..or desperately required elsewhere...
Lt. “Timo” Schenk (Staffelführer 2./JG 300) was at Mörtitz when a contingent of young women for the Gruppe arrived;
".. They had received heaven-only-knows what sort of accelerated training programme - it certainly left a lot to be desired. We were lumbered with them as second mechanics, but above all else, they simply got in the crew chief’s way and brought a new dimension of drama to our daily routines. When pilots were injured or failed to return - killed in action - then it proved impossible to get them to hold back the “waterworks”. Staffel leaders took an the new and unwanted role of 'agony aunts', forced to combat excessive sentimentality and attempting to keep our mixed forces on an even keel..."
(my translation; extracted from Jean-Yves Lorant's history of JG 300 published by Editions Larivière ..)