Over the past
16 years, I have been researching
the presence of the United States Army Air Force,
stationed in Bures between 1943 and 1945
Thousands of Bombs
and other Munitions were stored in local woods and along country
lanes by the USAAF,
ready to be deployed to Airfields in Essex and South Suffolk
Munitions arrived by train to Chappel from Liverpool and Immingham
where they were offloaded onto waiting lorries ready for dispersal.
There was no offical
records retained by the UK War Dept or the USAAF, apart from
the Station Number.
So the book is
unique in its publication, as you will not find this information
The contents relied heavily on local interviews with parishioners
Bures, Pebmarsh, Colne Engaine, Wakes Colne, White Colne, Earls
Colne and other adjoining parishes out as far as Braintree.
Difficult to say how many people I intervewed, but it was in
excess of sixty.
My research was eventually recognised by ex-servicemen in the
States, who very kindly contacted me with additional material.