Fond mem­o­ries of Di­a­mond Lil and the Amer­i­cans

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Ref­er­ence the Septem­ber is­sue and the let­ter about fond mem­o­ries of the Lib­er­a­tor Di­a­mond Lil.

As chil­dren here in Mend­ham, we watched the B24 Lib­er­a­tors and we knew all the tail mark­ings.

The air­men sta­tioned at Met­field used to ar­rive on their painted bi­cy­cles for a drink at the Red Lion in Mend­ham.

My grand­fa­ther, A T Mas­ters, kept boats on the River Waveney by the bridge and I helped with get­ting the oars for them. The Amer­i­cans were very gen­er­ous, giv­ing us chew­ing gum and sweets.

My hus­band and I went to Met­field air­field to see Di­a­mond Lil. There were only half a dozen of us and I got quite ex­cited.

Met­field Church has a brass me­mo­rial ( on the south wall of the nave) to the men of the United States 8th who gave their lives, 55 of the 491 Bomb Group. It was un­veiled on May 19, 1992.

In May 1987 there was the sec­ond Air Force re­union of the 446 Bomb Group which was sta­tioned at Bungay 1944-45. They stayed at Bungay and Mend­ham, and we en­ter­tained the group here at our home.

JANETTE HOW­ELL Mend­ham Nor­folk

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