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In August, 1944, The 466th Bomb Group celebrated their 100th Mission with a party that featured Glen Miller and his orchestra. The orchestra was transported to the base in the 466th Formation Ship "Ready and Willing". B-24 D 41-42109.
This photo was taken by Jack Dougherty, pilot with the 786th Bomb Squadron, Crew 612.



  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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...


  • 41-24109 Ready & Willing/Silver Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya. Returned to ETO. Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as their Assembly Ship.


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 03:22:33 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 17:41:55 bcurtis419 Changes to collection and caption

B24-D 41-24109 was a war weary B-24-D that was stripped of all armaments and painted silver with red stripes and was used as the 466th Formation Ship. It's original name was "Ready and Willing" but many of the bomber crews referred to her as "The Striped Ass Ape".

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 17:34:54 bcurtis419 Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations

41-24109 was a war-weary B-24 D that was stripped of armaments, painted silver with red stripes and used as the the formation ship for the 466th Bomb Group stationed at Attlebridge. It's official name was "Ready and Willing" but the aircrews referred to it as "the Striped Ass Ape".