IWM catalogue record
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Corporal Hazel Bliss of the Women's Army Corps with a bomber crew of the 392nd Bomb Group and a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-50505) nicknamed "Pallas Athene- The GI Jane". Passed for publication 12 Feb 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'A W.A.C. Christens A Liberator. To honour their khaki-klad sisters, the W.A.C.S. - members of the crew of a Liberator, operating from a British base, painted on their ship the W.A.C. insignia - the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Pallas Athene and named the 'plane G.I. Jane. (G.I. stands for Government Issue and has become the American slang for Army personnel). The original "G.I. Jane" - Cpl. Hazel I. Bliss of Portland, Oregon, performed the christening ceremony. The plane, until now only known by its call letter, V for Voctory[sic], belongs to a Liberator group which bagged 45 enemy aircraft in less than a six month period. Keystone Photo Shows:- Cpl. Hazel I. Bliss - the original G.I. Jane with members of the crew. JW/F. Keystone. 24, 25.' Censor no: 304779. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...
Military | Major | Women's Army Corps
Hilda Berry served in the Women's Army Corps in England, assigned to the 2nd Air Division Headquarters.
Military | Corporal | Switchboard Operator
Hazel Bliss served as a switchboard operator for 2nd Air Division HQ.