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IRVINE RENDLE

Port (Left) Side - "The GI JANE" - Featured in "Before I Forget"

Contributor - John Goss via the Irvine Rendle Collection, Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum
This famous christening photograph is the personal copy from the 392nd Bombardment Group commander's collection. Colonel Irvine Rendle is a Rawlins, Wyoming boy. Dear friend of Generals Jimmy Doolittle and Leon Johnson, he hosted them a few times after the war on his little ranch in south central Wyoming. The Colonel is in the center of this photograph: the officer in the dark green Ike jacket standing to the left of the christening platform next to another WAC.
We have his photograph, insignia, and archives collection (including his original complete mission portfolio and congratulatory message docket).

Info Contributor - Dan Dunphy
Shown with PFC Emma Utter, during the christening, 11 Feb 44. My Dad (Ray J. Dunphy, Navigator) passed away 26 Aug 99. "Dunphy's Nuthouse" was painted under the navigator window. Christened PALLAS ATHENE in honor of the WACS who had served, and nicknamed "The GI JANE". She served at Wendling, during all of 1944. They flew 3 missions on D-Day, grouping with whomever they could find and hitting secondary targets, because the weather was so bad.

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