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WW1 - Lady aviator air-gunner demonstration in aeroplane

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WW1 - Lady aviator air-gunner demonstration in aeroplane

WW1 - An illustration of Mrs A. S. Hitchcock who was part of the Italian Army for expert skill in aeroplane operation. She is seen here giving a demonstration within Italian lines for a number of Americans. She manipulates the gun as if in action with an enemy plane below, showing how to handle the Lewis automatic machine-gun in an armed aircraft. Date: 1916

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This evocative photograph captures the determination and courage of Mrs. A.S. Hitchcock, an extraordinary woman who defied gender norms by serving as an air-gunner in the Italian Army during World War I. Dressed in her military uniform, Mrs. Hitchcock is shown giving a demonstration of her expert skills to a group of American visitors within the Italian lines. With a focused expression, she manipulates the Lewis automatic machine-gun as if in the heat of battle, her hands deftly moving over the weapon's chamber and barrel. The enemy plane below adds to the sense of urgency and danger, as she demonstrates the intricacies of handling the firearm in an armed aircraft. The year was 1916, and the image serves as a powerful reminder of the vital role women played in the war effort, challenging societal expectations and paving the way for future generations of female aviators and military personnel. This historical photograph, with its rich details and compelling narrative, invites us to reflect on the courage and resilience of those who served during the First World War.

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