FRE 1949


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Personnel of the 466th Bomb Group watch a baseball match during the party to celebrate their 100th Mission. A B-24 Liberator is visible in the background. Image stamped on reverse: 'Central Press Photos.' [stamp], '351718.' [Censor no.] Printed caption attached to the reverse: '"LIBERATOR " BOMBERS CELEBRATES 100TH MISSION AND FIRST ANNIVERSARY. August 1944. At their airfied somewhere in England, a "Liberator" Heavy bomber group of the U.S. 8th Air Force, has just held a party to celebrate the 100th mission of a serles which begun with one of the heaviest daylight attacks on Berlin on record. The group is commanded by Col. Luther J. Fairbanks of Burt, Iowa, and the "100th Mission and Flight Aniversary Party" celebrations included inter-station base ball games, pony races Concert, and Dancing etc. ' [caption]. ' Passed for publication 22 Aug 1944' [stamp]. Handwritten caption on reverse: '466 Bg celebrating 100th mission with baseball game 8/18/44.'


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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


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


Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorAndrew J

The B24 in the background is Black Cat 42-95592 . The tail of this 'plane is shown in the picture of the three girls celebrating the 100th mission on August 18th 1944.

Date: 2 Feb 2015 10:00:03

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection