New York (Mar. 22)
The Army Air Force yesterday received a brand new Curtis Warhawk fighter plane as a gift from 1,600 recent refugees from Nazi oppression In ceremonies at LaGuardia field here, attended by 3,000 persons, the plane was formally presented to the Army by Elizabeth Bergner, noted Austrian-Jewish actress, who swung a bottle of champagne across the ship’s nose to christen it “Loyalty.”
Accepting the plane, Brig. Gen. Willis R. Taylor declared that “the pilot who will fly it will carry to the land of the aggressor the hope for the freedom of millions of persecuted people.” After the dedication, an Army pilot took the ship up for a demonstration flight.