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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.'



  • 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...


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2017 23:55:52 Andrew J Changes to aircraft associations

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 Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:03 AAM AAM ingest

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