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ISBN: 9781841149387
AUTHOR: Martin Bowman
Memories of the Air War in East Anglia
Memories of the Air War in East Anglia
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‘I was born in London but at the height of the war my family moved to the coastal town of Ipswich in Suffolk. It was there that I gained my first impression of real live Americans.There were about five of them who were very much under the influence of alcohol.Their hats were on the backs of their heads and their ties were every way but the right way.Two of them were sitting on the kerb and the others were holding up a lamp post.They were singing.My immediate thought was, “If this is a sample of the Americans who have come over to help us, heaven help us”.’ M.L. Bury St Edmunds

‘…It was at ‘The Dog’ that we were officially welcomed to England… When we entered the little pub, it was almost empty. We went into the room with the dartboard and ordered beer. “What kind of beer?“asked the man behind the counter, a ruddy, pleasant man whose name was Mr. Watson. “Oh just beer” we said. “Is this American money any good?” We conferred about the money and Mr. Watson finally decided to accept it after counsel with his wife. We tried the mild beer. It was weak, watery and warm. “Haven’t you anything stronger?” we asked. Robert S. Arbib Jr

These are just two of the huge number of reminiscences of people in East Anglia looking back at the war years, when this peaceful English backwater became ‘Little America’, home to one of the most intensive military operations ever staged – the air war in Europe. In this fascinating book the author chronicles the lives of ordinary people, of the airmen and others who were involved in the desperate struggle to free Europe from Nazi tyranny. Illustrated with many photographs, taken at the time, and since, this is a superb evocation of a period when two nations were suddenly thrown together in mutual cause, the resultant cultural clash, and the unbreakable bonds that were formed, lasting to the present day.

Martin W. Bowman’s interest in Second World War and contemporary aviation was fired by the proliferation of US and RAF air bases in his native East Anglia. He is a widely respected military historian who has written over seventy books on aviation and other related subjects based on years of painstaking and fact-finding research, interviews and correspondence. His quest has taken him to all parts of the world, to twentyone countries, including the USA, Africa, Australia and Russia and the world’s war zones of Mogadishu, Somalia, and Bosnia.

Martin lives in Norwich, Norfolk, England and is active in historical research concerning East Anglia and the many RAF and USAAF squadrons that were based there during the War. He also has a passion for flying in military aircraft and driving British Racing Green sports cars.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 938 7, hardback, 214x230mm, 128 pages. Published June 2009. Reprinted May 2012.

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