A campaign has started to tell the story of Second World War American servicemen in Britiain.
A new new crowd-sourcing website for the American Air Museum has been launched. TheAmerican Air Museum website is a digital record of the memories and stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who found themselves serving their country fromsomewhere in England, during the Second World War. It also records the memories of the British people who met and befriended them.
The museum is collecting photographs, memories and information about the American airmen and women and they are calling on people from across the region to help the growth of the website. Perhaps you recognise the people or the place in one of the photographs on our website. Maybe you, or a family member, have vivid memories of American service personnel in your town or village. You might be a keen researcher of Second World War history and have some facts and figures to contribute.
This is our opportunity to capture the experiences of the Second World War generation who lived on and around American airfields in the UK. These inspirational veterans’ stories will be built into a dynamic resource for generations to come.
"Some of the photographs on our website show the Americans talking to local children during the Second World War. Perhaps someone using our website will recognise their grandma or – better still – perhaps she will recognise herself. We hope that people will add their own pictures and tell us their stories." – JENNY COUSINS, AMERICAN AIR MUSEUM
The American Air Museum website also hosts 225,000 names from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia, USA, alongside a plethora of fascinating material from museums and individuals in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The museum wants to know more about the civilians that the American service personnel met in the UK. Little is known about the United States Army Air Forces bases which provided support to the air bases – the bakeries, laundries and logistics of catering for up to half a million Americans.
Discover the American Air Museum website at www.americanairmuseum.co.uk
- American troops use their jeep to help in rescue and fire fighting during German bombing raids on London.Photo: Press Association.
- United States soldiers stationed in the London area help in the rescue work and fire fighting during a German raid on the city. Credit: Press Association.