Fond memories of Diamond Lil and the Americans
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