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Old 03-07-2020, 03:48 AM
Location: Great Britain
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It's good to remeber the brave allied airmen.

Over half a million USAAF were based in Britain during WW2 and the US occupied or built over 200 airfield in Britain, mainly in the East Anglia region and South East.
The largest USAF base was at RAF Burtonwood near Warrington n North West in England where nearly 20,000 US Servicemen were based.

The US Cemetery at Cambridge is dedicated to those who lost their lives in air actions and naval actions from British bases and Atlantic Naval action.

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial - Wikipedia

American Air Museum in Britain: Home

After WW2, the UK retained twenty plus active air bases, many of which were used to house the vast Strategic Air Command nuclear bomber force, which were on immediate standby, and some of these bases sch as RAF Sculthorpe with over 10,000 American Military personnel were on a vast scale.

There were later US Thor Nuclear Missiles at twenty further bases as part of Project Emily, and the US maintained a very strong air and naval presence until the end of the Cold War in the 1990's. There were also numerous intelligence, supply, weapons, naval and other American bases in the UK.

Even today the US still has bases in East Anglia (and the UK) which is one of the spiritual homes of the USAAF and USAF outside of the US itself.

As for US A-10's (and F-16's) they were based at the twin bases of RAF Bentwater and RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk during the 1980's.

The base at Woodbridge had an extremely long and very wide heavy duty runway in order to land damaged USAAF planes making emergecy landings during WW2 as it was close to the coast and the first available site to land.

The US also had Cobra Mist nearby which was the codename for an Anglo-American experimental over-the-horizon radar station at Orford Ness on the Suffolk coastline, and which was designed to have similar capablilities to the Duga radar built near Chernobyl in Ukraine (Soviet Union).

Originally Posted by IWM

Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry. Working with the Royal Air Force (RAF), their aim was to severely weaken Germany's ability to fight. This was a central part of the Allied strategy for winning the war. American women also served, working for the American Red Cross or as members of the Women's Army Corps.

Over 200 airfields were occupied or newly-built by the USAAF. Each one would house around 2,500 American men – many times the population of the nearest village. Thousands more were based at smaller sites. Halls and country houses became headquarters for commanders and planners. Some were converted to hospitals or rest-homes for combat-weary fliers. Barns and outbuildings would house teams of truck drivers and their vehicles. Even specialist bakery units were dotted around the UK, providing fresh bread for the airmen.

No wonder, then, that the Americans' arrival was known as the 'friendly invasion' – their impact on British life was huge and they profoundly changed the places they inhabited.

The majority of the Americans left Britain in 1945. They left an enduring legacy and are fondly remembered by those they met. Hundreds of volunteers across East Anglia still help preserve these memories. They look after memorials in village squares, on corners of former airfields, or at crash sites. They manage museums in former control towers, or preserve precious collections in pubs or farm buildings.

American Airmen In Britain During The Second World War - IWM

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