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Mighty Eighth

Mighty Eighth

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A FlyPast Special
A FlyPast Special

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Published by: warthog84 on Sep 13, 2013
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MIGHTY
EIGHTH
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BASE-BY-BASE GUIDE TO US AIR POWER IN BRITAIN
THE MEN, MACHINES AND AIRFIELDS OF THEUNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE ARMADABOMBERS
FIGHTERS
TRANSPORTS
ACESMUSEUMS
COLOUR SCHEMES
PERSONALITIESMEMORIALS
UNITS
MARKINGS
SPECIAL PUBLICATION
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OVER HERE...
 
T
he three ‘Overs’ is the timeless description of ‘Yanks’ in theUK. From 1942 GIs, sailors and ‘flyboys’ began to arrive inGreat Britain, they were the first of tens of thousands. Themajority of these ‘invaders’ were also
very 
young... or did they justseem that way?By early 1946 there was hardly a trace of them, and many of theairfields and other establishments that they had inhabited lay silentor had reverted to previous uses. This relatively fleeting stay wasto have an effect that has lasted down the generations. They had animpact on the military, political, economic and social thinking, andbehaviour of the country.History has shown that the ‘Friendly Invasion’ of 1942-1945 was notto be a one-off. As the nature of the ‘Cold War’ crystallised, the basingof US military personnel in the UK became a reality again in 1948 asthe international situation degraded and the Berlin blockade heraldeda tense future. US forces have remained resident, to one degree oranother, ever since.In terms of the USAAF, the ‘Yanks’ have also left a geographic legacyin the form of the bases from which they flew. The remnants get fewerand fewer with each year, but the attraction of studying and visiting American air bases has not diminished – quite the contrary. Thenumber of museums, visitor centres, trails and memorials continuesto increase.This
FlyPast 
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Superb angle on a381st Bomb GroupB-17G at Ridgewell,Essex, 1944.
DICK STARINCHAKVIA WARREN E THOMPSON

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