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Private First Class Emma Utter of the Women's Army Corps paints the nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-50505) nicknamed "Pallas Athene- The GI Jane" of the 392nd Bomb Group. 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:- PFC Emma Utter of Sagola, Mich. is clever with the brush so she puts the finishing touches to the W.A.C. insignia. JW/F. Keystone. 14-15-16-17.' Censor no: 304773. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    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...

  • Women's Army Corps


  • Hilda Berry Sanford

    Military | Major | Women's Army Corps
    Hilda Berry served in the Women's Army Corps in England, assigned to the 2nd Air Division Headquarters. ...

  • Emma Utter

    Military | Private First Class | Women's Army Corps
    Emma Utter served with the 2nd Air Division HQ in England. In February 1944, she was part of the WAC unit who christened a B-24 'Pallas Athene'. Emma put the finishing touches onto the new nose art and was one of eleven WACs who were taken on a short...



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