Her name was “Rovin’ Redhead”…

by Kate on September 23, 2013

Today is our 1-year anniversary here at Victory Girls Blog and it hardly seems possible! One of the really fun things we’ve enjoyed over the last year, are the relationships we’ve made with the people who read us. Some of those people like us, and some…not so much.

We get a lot of reader email and during the last year, we’ve had a couple of marriage proposals, been asked out on dates, challenged on a wide variety of conservative issues, been insulted – repeatedly, had people ask for advice on life (yes, really) and have received lovely feedback from readers on posts we’ve written that touched them personally.

Sometimes, our readers share really cool military history information with us – especially because of our vintage theme. A few months ago, we received an email from a new visitor to the blog who had a question about our blog header and specifically the Alberto Vargas redhead pin-up girl we use. He was questioning if we knew anything about her history because he had a picture he wanted us to see…

“Though conservative and occasionally strong, I am not a woman. So I guess I don’t qualify as a contributor, but I am interested in the source of the pinup art in your headline banner. This picture was used by my Dad as nose art on his airplane in the Pacific during WW II.

I have never known the source of the art. If you have any information I would appreciate it.

BTW, I was brought to your blog through a link from Instapundit and lingered to explore some good writing. I’ll be back.”

Here’s the picture he sent us and take a close look at the nose art he mentions. Look familiar? Yeah, we are pretty much stoked about this email!

"Rovin' Redhead" parked at NAS North Island at the conclusion of WW II. Plane Commander: LCDR Harvey C. Paige USNR. This aircraft was part of Fleet Photo Reconnaissance Squadron One (VD-1) Which operated from Guadalcanal and Guam. LCDR Paige was the skipper of the squadron at the end of the war.

“Rovin’ Redhead” parked at NAS North Island at the conclusion of WW II. Plane Commander: LCDR Harvey C. Paige USNR. This aircraft was part of Fleet Photo Reconnaissance Squadron One (VD-1) Which operated from Guadalcanal and Guam. LCDR Paige was the skipper of the squadron at the end of the war.

Rovin’ Redhead. Awesome.

By the way, this aircraft is a Navy version of a B-24 Lancaster Liberator bomber, a WW2-era aircraft that was flown through out WW2 and the Korean war. It was used for as a long-range patrol/bomber and reconnaissance by the Navy and had a long, successful life, both as an Air Force bomber and as a Navy patrol/bomber. It was also used for a long time as a fire-fighting aircraft, dropping retardant on fires until 2002, when the fleet was retired. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

So our readers, who put up with our snark and rants, are pretty important to us. Thank you for being here with us on our 1st anniversary!

And as you can imagine with an ensemble blog like ours – made up of strong, opinionated, conservative women – our families are long suffering. We love you. Thank you for supporting our efforts to do this because we have a country to save.

And finally, we have many blog friends that have linked us over the year and we’re so appreciative of that! Among that group of bloggers, there are people who have played an important role in the ridiculous amount of success a young blog like ours has had over the last year. They have linked to us over and over; driving insane amounts of traffic to us, sending us ideas for posts with notes of encouragement, and in those early days commenting on posts when no one else did. Some of our hero blog(ger)’s include: Instapundit, The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, American Power, Hot Air, Protein Wisdom, Right Wing News, This Ain’t Hell, Legal Insurrection, The First St. Journal, Riehl World View, and Blackfive. Thank you so much for all your help this past year. Please keep helping us. 🙂

PS: THANKS for the Liberator vs Lancaster information! Correction made. –Kate

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

pam September 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

Happy Blogiversary! Hope there are many to come!

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thank you Pam! 🙂

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Sean September 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

Not to nitpick (which means I will), but the B-24 was the Liberator. The Lancaster was a British four-engine heavy bomber of the same era. My uncle was a B-24 crewman in W II so it has a special place for me. I have to admit, I’d never seen a version like the photo recon one you showed above!

Happy Blogiversary!

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thank you Sean! I also appreciate the clarification.

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OldSoldier54 September 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

Came by from TAH to say congrats on the anniversary. BTW, I’m pretty sure that’s a B-24 Liberator. Lancasters were RAF. Here is a Lancaster.

Keep up the good fight!

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

Hi OldSoldier54! So glad you visited the blog today! Thanks for helping with the clarification too. 🙂

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Kevin September 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Happy Anniversary! Can’t recall if it was from Blackfive or someplace else, but very glad to have found your site and make it a daily stop. All the best for continued success!

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thank you Kevin! 🙂

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wfjag September 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Looks like you should change the background photo from the B-17 to the B-24.

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Haha! 🙂

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Strike Hold Doc September 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hey! More than a Haha! That’s a good idea.
If Mr. Paige allows it, you could Photoshop the Vargas image over the nose art in the photo, pale out the photo for background, and make young RR the same size as the current image (reminds me of my redhead daughter, also a feisty gal). The B-24 faces to the left, so the nose would extend well into the header to be identified. B-24’s dropped more bomb tonnage than B-17’s in WWII. Unfortunately they look like flying boxcars, rather than gorgeous like B-17’s. Hmmmmm……maybe keeping the B-17 behind your roving Redhead is a better idea after all – you decide!

‘Nuf technical stuff. Congrats on your one year anniversary. I arrived via Instapundit, and added your site to my RSS feed.

I look forward to many more encouraging reads!

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Jonn Lilyea September 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I’m proud that we share a blogoversary. Hugs and kisses all around. As long as ROS approves.

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thank you so much Jonn for all you’ve done for us this year. ROS can speak for herself…. as you know. 🙂

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Merle September 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Happy anniversary 🙂

Merle

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thank you Merle! 🙂

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Peggy L. September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Happy anniversary and may there be many more to come!

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Thank you Peggy! <3

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SandyB September 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. You act like my kind of girls. I love to see women who have their head screwed on correctly. Gives me hope.
Keep it up!
As Arnold said, ” I’ll be back.” I’ve moved you, in my bookmarks, right under Instapundit.

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Thank you Sandy! 🙂

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Maggie W September 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary, and many many more!

I usually check you out through Instapundit.

Maggie

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Maggie thank you so much! 🙂

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Robert September 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Centianni!
-R

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Thank you Robert!

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John Testa September 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft built a lot of Liberators in San Diego during WWII. That company later became Convair and was eventually swallowed by Boeing.

John

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Kate September 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

More info! Thank you so much John! 🙂

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MOTUS September 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Congrats Victory Gals! The troops appreciate all your efforts.

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Kate September 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Thank you MOTUS!

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Brian G September 24, 2013 at 2:47 am
Kate September 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Thanks Brian! 🙂

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Patti September 24, 2013 at 5:08 am

Happy Blogiversary!

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Kate September 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Thank you so much Patti!

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Tom McHale September 24, 2013 at 7:08 am

The B-24 was made at Ford’s Willow Run factory. They produced one every 55 minutes! Over 6,800 were manufactured there.

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Kate September 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Cool. Thanks for the info Tom!

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Cynthia Paige October 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I just noticed the submission about LCDR. Paige and the Rovin’ Redhead on the B-24 Liberator. LCDR Paige was my father. My brother submitted the picture to you. What he failed to tell you (at least in the comments) was that my dad liked that picture on the plane because my mom was a gorgeous redhead. He told me that he felt like she was flying with him when he was in the Pacific and thought she could have posed for the picture.

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Kate October 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Oh Cynthia, what a neat little fact! And so cute of LCDR Paige! Thanks for letting us know. 🙂

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