The USAAF in Suffolk

Roy Brazier

Suffolk became home for many American airmen during the War. This book examines the mixing of cultures, and the effect of 3 years of intensive warfare.
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553466
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The East of England, particularly Suffolk, became a new home for thousands of American airmen during the Second World War. After starting to arrive in 1942, there were over 10,000 in the country by 1943. The largest concentration was in Suffolk, which had more USA airfields than any other English county. Their arrival was called the 'Friendly Invasion' as they suddenly found themselves in the middle of the East Anglian countryside. The Americans brought with them chewing gum, coke and peanut butter, and introduced the big band sounds and jitterbugging dancing. In return the British taught the GI's the gentle art of darts and dominos, when the newcomers ventured into the sacred English public houses. This book examines the meeting of two cultures, while stories are related of the aircraft victories and losses, plus accidents which sometimes shook the countryside. Missions by the bombers and fighters of the USAAF are included to show what desperate times these were for airmen and country folk of Suffolk.

About The Author

Roy Brazier is a history and sports writer. He is Chairman and Trustee of the Haverhill Local History Group and editor of the Haverhill Historian, with over twenty books to his name. He has contributed articles for the Essex Countryside and This England magazines. He has written books on Tottenham Hotspur, plus speedway publications. A native of Essex, now residing in Suffolk, and recently awarded the Freedom of Haverhill for his contributions to Sport and History in the town.

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