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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

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 11 Feb 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'W.A.A.C. Christens American Liberator. Corp. Hazel I. Bliss of Portland Oregon, performed the unique ceremony of christening a Liberator. The insignia was the G.I. Jane, with the words - Pallas Athene which means Goddess of Wisdom and Victory. The ceremony took place at an American Bomber station somewhere in England. New York Times Photo Shows:- Emma Utter of Sageld[sic], Mich., putting the finishing touches to the ensigna[sic] of G.I. Jane. G.3200. XCD. 11.2.44.' Censor no: 304717. On reverse: New York Times, 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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