War memories of Suffolk villagers to be immortalised in exhibit

Villagers who can remember the 95th Bomb Group's time in north Suffolk are being encouraged to come forward as part of a permanent exhibit in the United States. ANL-150903-171822001
Villagers who can remember the 95th Bomb Group's time in north Suffolk are being encouraged to come forward as part of a permanent exhibit in the United States. ANL-150903-171822001

Second World War memories of villagers in north Suffolk are set to be part of a permanent memorial in the United States to the American airmen who flew from our region.

The 95th Bomb Group, which was based in Horham, flew 334 missions between May 14, 1943 and May 25, 1945, and were awarded a record three Presidential Unit Citations.

It was also the first bomb group to perform a daylight raid on Berlin.

Now, members of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, the Red Feather Club, are planning to interview and record locals who can remember the war years.

Under the banner The Children of Horham, they will be used as part of a new exhibit at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Red Feather Club committee member Mike Ager, who will be helping to conduct the interviews, said: “We hope these childhood recollections of the friendly invasion of the Second World War had on our little corner of Suffolk will help children understand the impact the arrival of the 95th on our doorstep and the war itself had on the people of the villages surrounding the base.

“Myself and the Red Feather Club entertainments officer Andy Garner have already agreed to start interviewing locals and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a story to tell.”

If you have memories of the Second World War of the 95th Bomb Group, contact Mike Ager on 01379 678835 or email mike@gn.apc.org

The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Bomb Group to receive the Distinguished Unit Citation - also known as the Presidential Unit Citation - three times.

The 95th, which lost more than 600 men in action, was part of the ’Mighty Eighth Air Force’, and was made up of four squadrons - the 334th, 335th, 336th and 412th.

For more information, visit www.95thbg-horham.com