The re-write of While the Buzz Bombs Fell is finally complete. All that is left to do now is for each of my Mom and I to read it through and correct any spelling and other mistakes. I may end up adding some additional descriptions and my Mother may remember some new bits of information which we will add. Once this is done I will send it for a final proofing.

In December 1943 a group of American aviators and their support teams arrived in Bungay. They were stationed at the nearby airfield and depot know as RAF Bungay. The arrival of the Americans brought some excitement to the town and they were a target for all the local girls. Any girl who had an American boyfriend was likely to possess a pair of nylon stockings and be the envy of her friends. The 446th Bombardment Group came to be know as the “Bungay Buckaroos”.

A short extract from While the Buzz Bombs Fell about the “Bungay Buckaroos” is as follows:

Elsie had very little interaction with the American soldiers other than one day when a man Father had become friendly with in the town came to the door. The man introduced himself as Pinkie and he stayed for tea with the family. Before he took a place at the table, Father showed him to the washing basin in the dairy where he made himself presentable. He was covered in mud from a hard day’s work.

Elsie was completely overawed to be in the presence of an American who was helping Britain to win the war. She didn’t say a word all through the meal. She remembered him saying that he was finding the weather cold, wet and damp and that there was mud, mud and more mud.

Elsie also heard the soldier say:

“It’s quite hard getting around. When we take the train to London it takes about three and a half hours. Whenever it stops we never know where we are as all the station signs have been removed.”

Afterwards Father told Elsie that this was true. The station signs, and also the road signs, had been removed so that if German paratroopers were ever dropped in England, they would be confused and not know where they were.