Oral History

The recording of memories of the 8th US Army Air Force and their time in the East of England during WW2 was a vital part of our work.  Personal eye witness testimonies tell us so much about the lives, loves and losses of local people and their relationships with US service personnel during wartime.

It’s now over seventy years since the first US planes touched down in the East of England . With the passing of time many memories have been lost and so it’s been even more important to record those recollections that are still to be found in our communities.

We share with you a selection of these recollections below. You can also access the full recordings held at our partner organisation the Norfolk Record Office.

Listen to Stories from those who were there.

The Brits

The Yanks

The Exhibition

We delivered oral history training sessions throughout our region. And if you need some support with recording and transcribing your own oral histories then please check out our handy factsheets page.