Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Hilda T Berry Sanford


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

In July 1942, when she enlisted, she was working as a clerk in Ithaca, New York.

Her father, Romeyn Berry, was an alumnus of Cornell University. The following short article ran about his daughter in the newsletter of 15 October 1943:
'WAC COMPANY commanded by Lieutenant Hilda Berry, daughter of Romeyn Berry '04, was the subject of a feature article from Norfolk, England, in The New York Times for October 2. Lieutenant Berry's command, one of the first WAC companies to go to England, is on duty at an American Air Force headquarters.'

In February 1944, Hilda Berry's unit were involved in the christening ceremony for the B-24 Liberator 42-100187 "Pallas Athene".

By October 1944, she had been made a Captain. This small news item featured in the Cornell newsletter at that time:
'Major Marcus M. Mason, Army Veterinary Corps, has been in England for twenty-eight months with duties of food inspection and care of Army dogs. He has written expressing pleasure at the way he has been received by the English; also writes of meeting Major Mary Dixon '38, WAC, Helen Crum '41 of the American Red Cross, and Captain Hilda Berry, WAC, daughter of Romeyn Berry '04.'

In 1949, she married Charles Hamilton Sanford Jr at Yale's Branford College Chapel. Her husband was serving as the Executive Secretary of Alumni Board at that time.
Their daughter, Sally Allis Sanford, would go on to graduate from Yale in 1975 and be married at New Haven's Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green the following year.



  • Hazel Bliss

    Military | Corporal | Switchboard Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hazel Bliss served as a switchboard operator for 2nd Air Division HQ.

  • 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...

Show more

Units served with


Associated Place

  • Ketteringham Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    300-400 US servicemen were housed in Nissen huts built in what is now woodland next to the Hall. At one time home to Team Lotus (Formula 1); currently privately owned with a memorial in the grounds.


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 26 January 1916

Her parents were Romeyn Berry and Olive Nutting.

Lived in New York, NY, USA July 1942
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 30 July 1942
Married Charles Hamilton Sanford New Haven, CT, USA 1949
Lived in Hamden, CT, USA 1975
Died 30 November 1997


Date Contributor Update
11 November 2016 15:26:25 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and place associations

New York Times article, 1 April 1949:

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2016 14:26:51 Lucy May Changes to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations

NARA enlistment record:

Cornell Alumni News, Vol. 46, No. 8, 15 October 1943
Cornell Alumni News, Vol. 47, No. 7, 1 October 1944

Daily Sentinel, Rome, NY, 14 February 1944:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Listing from E. Cohen