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.
Edition published on September 1st 2020
Price £12 + 2nd Class £1.99pp (UK rate only)
124 pages printed on silk 135g paper
This edition has an additional 16 pages of new information,
including improved Mapping, Graphics and Photographs.
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Review by Gilly Ryan
from Colne Engaine,
Ive just finished reading the book that you kindly
Started last eve and finished this morning, getting
my maps out
Absolutely fascinating, a brilliant book.
So much research and information that we can relate
to but put together in a very readable way.
Id never have known that the book existed so thank
you for the chance conversation and an amazing insight
Review by John Doddinghurst
I can see why it took the author so many years of research,
the information he gleaned from all those local interviews
is truly amazing.
I have lived in the local area for many years, but I
never realised during the war years it was swarming
with US Air Force personnel,
A truly unique piece of research, which will find its
place in the history archives.