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Personnel of the 466th Bomb Group sit atop a B-24 Liberator to watch a pony trap race. Image stamped on reverse: 'New York Times Photo.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 20 August 1944.' [stamp] and '351493.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '100TH MISSION ANNIVERSARY PARTY. LIBERATOR STATION HAS A "DO". Somewhere in England a great party was held for officers and men- girlfriends invited- of a Liberator Bomber station, on reaching the anniversary of the 100th mission over enemy territory. Under the watchful eye of Col Luther Fairbanks, the men had a great day, movie shows, ball games, and pony trotting with bookmakers- were some of the attractions. In the evening dancing was held in the hangars to the accompaniment of two famous dance bands, Glenn Miller's orchestra and Rudy Starita's all girl orchestra. New York Times Photo Shows: A Liberator makes a good grand stand as they watch the ponies being led to the starting point for the pony trotting race. Aug 1944.'
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...