The arrival of the Americans in East Anglia impacted on the lives of everybody, including children, who played in and around the airbases. Many men including Fathers were away on duty with the British Forces meaning that the children naturally gravitated towards the company, affection and support of the Americans.
Many enduring friendships and memories were created during this short period, often changing the lives of local East Anglian’s forever. When the Americans left East Anglia local children in particular were sad to see them leave. In Stories of the Bloody 100th Mary Bailey and John Bartrum remembered that
When they went it left a huge gap
Sam Hurry, another local child remembered that:
It took a long time to get back to normal. I don’t think it ever did.