Explore Second Air Division history
There were about 50,000 American Air Force personnel stationed within a 30 mile radius of Norwich between 1942 and 1945.
The impact of this “Friendly Invasion” on the people of East Anglia was considerable.
It was particularly felt in villages where American servicemen (and women) vastly outnumbered the local population.
We've put together some short factsheets exploring this topic:
- A Rodeo in Norwich
- Bartram, The Blitz and Beyond
- GI brides
- Got any gum, chum?
- Instructions for American servicemen
- Time to say goodbye
- The Second Air Division Memorial Library
- The Friendly Invasion
- The Mighty Eighth
- Women's Army Corps
If you want detailed information about the bomb and fighter groups or the airfields, you'll find it in the Second Air Division history section of this website.