Somewhere in England: new exhibition

Virginia Irwin was a features writer froma Missouri newspaper. In the photograph, she is shown interviewing Lieutenant Glennon T ‘Bubbles’ Moran of the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney air base in Norfolk.

Somewhere in England: Portraits of the Americans in Britain 1942 to 1945 is now open to the public at Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford. It forms part of a year-long commemoration of the American forces arriving at RAF Duxford during the Second World War.

Virginia Irwin was a features writer froma Missouri newspaper. In the photograph, she is showninterviewing Lieutenant Glennon T ‘Bubbles’ Moran of the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney air base in Norfolk.
Virginia Irwin was a features writer froma Missouri newspaper. In the photograph, she is shown
interviewing Lieutenant Glennon T ‘Bubbles’ Moran of the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney air base in Norfolk

Striking images of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces in Great Britain during the Second World War have been selected for this fascinating exhibition from the Roger Freeman collection, which has recently been acquired by IWM. Some of the images featured in the exhibition have not been seen since the Second World War.

Sergeant Charles R Lahey of the Medical Corps carries a laundry bundle out fromtheofficers’ quarters at Molesworth air base, 1942
Sergeant Charles R Lahey of the Medical Corps carries a laundry bundle out from the officers’ quarters at Molesworth air base, 1942

Roger Freeman (1928-2005) was the son of an Essex farmer who lived close to Boxted airfield. His teenage enthusiasm 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 United States Army Air Forces and the women of the Women’s Army Corps and the Red Cross. The exhibition tells the individual stories of these men and women, their wartime experiences in Great Britain and how their own personal war ended.

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 runs until December 2013 and is included in general admission to IWM Duxford.

Visit iwm.org.uk for details of further events and activities.

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