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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?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

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?'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: British
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?'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: British

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Black Cat
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron

Locations

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Revisions

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Contributordarrenhopton
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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!

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ContributorJenny
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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.

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ContributorPauline Souther
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Pauline Souther

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ContributorLucy May
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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."

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ContributorAAM
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Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection