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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day - 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th'. The three girls are from the nearby village of Hockering. Their names are Janet Townshend, Tessa and Gloria Grant.

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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

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  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 10:01:04 darrenhopton Changes to caption
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I am Janet Townshend's son. I have corrected the spelling of her maiden name. What a lovely surprise to find this!

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2014 17:05:07 Lucy May Changes to caption
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From Chris Brassfield, 466th BG Historian: "The girl on the left is Janet rather than Molly Townsend. Janet was Molly's sister. Paul Hindle mentioned the confusion but said he was sure it was Janet and not Molly."

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 02:35:10 Pauline Souther Changes to caption
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Pauline Souther

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2014 21:41:48 Jenny Changes to caption
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Girl recognised by Pauline Souther, whose mother was at the same party. Told to me at the 8th Air Force Historical Society reunion in Nashville, Tennessee, October 2014.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:25 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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