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IWM Duxford exhibition celebrates American forces

Date Posted: 16/04/2013

A photographic exhibition at IWM Duxford marks the arrival of the American forces at the airfield during World War Two. Somewhere in England: Portraits of the Americans in Britain 1942 to 1945 will run until the end of the year.

The exhibition commemorates the 70th anniversary of the first 78th Fighter Group combat mission from RAF Duxford. It forms part of the museum’s year-long celebrations of the American forces arriving at RAF Duxford during World War Two.

The images have been selected from the Roger Freeman collection of over 15,000 images of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces in Great Britain during World War Two, which have recently been acquired by IWM.

Who was Roger Freeman?

Roger Freeman (1928-2005) was the son of an Essex farmer who lived close to Boxted airfield. His teenage enthusiasm for aeroplanes, and particularly the American air force, developed into a life-long interest and he published many highly-respected books on the subject.

The images show the range and diversity of the roles undertaken by the men of the USA Air Forces and the women of the Women’s Army Corps and the Red Cross. The photographs also capture rare off-duty moments and show how the American airmen became part of the community in which they were based.

Somewhere in England: Portraits of the Americans in Britain 1942 to 1945 runs until 31st December and entry is included in general admission to IWM Duxford.

Teachers taking school groups to IWM Duxford can benefit from a reduced rate.

For further school trip information visit www.iwm.org.uk.

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