Seething Airfield has a rich history like many airfields in East Anglia. The airfield was home to the 448th Bomb Group, a part of the 2nd Air Division of the 8th American Air Force, and constructed as a base for Liberator bombers. You can still catch tantilising glimpses of those days on the airfield today.
The control tower now guards the main entrance by road and is home to a fascinating museum while a close look at an aerial map to the south west reveals the ghostly shadows of the full runway and perimeter track.
A memorial stands to one side of the museum which is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who rely on donations and the sale of refreshemnts and souvenirs to keep the building and collection in good order.
The museum is open the first Sunday of every month from May to October inclusive. Visit: www.seethingtower.org
The 1,000 Day Battle
First published in 1979, this book seems to a definitive account as to what took place here, in East Anglia between 1943 and 1945. There is particular reference to Seething, spanning no less than three chapters - the beginning of Seething airfield. Readers can embellish themselves with accounts of individual missions - the pilots who flew those missions and didn't return. The operations and logistics involved in keeping four squadrons of B24 Liberators in flying order was a massive task, narrated well in the book and complimented with hundreds of photographs and illustrations. This is a book highly sought. An example in perfect condition can fetch around $80 US Dollars at auction. The print run ended in 1985 with many editions being donated to local town libraries in the Waveney area. Readers can immerse themselves into a period of history that changed the World, a nation and a village. They came, and they left.
An American in England - a series of radio programs originally broadcast to an American audience during the period 1942 - 1945. These programs offered listeners the American perspective of life in wartime Britain and an insight into our culture and daily lives. The link below offers you the opportunity to listen to the 5th episode entitled "The Yanks are Here". The quality is acceptable but of course not to 21st century standards - this is an original recording first aired in 1942!
Listen to the broadcast.
The first word of the Allied invasion came from Berlin radio about 12:30 a.m. Eastern War Time. CBS quoted from Berlin Radio's 1 a.m. EWT broadcast to North America, monitored by Columbia's shortwave listening station:
Here is a special bulletin. Early this morning, the long-awaited British and American invasion began when paratroops landed in the area of the Seine estuary. The harbor of LeHavre is being fiercely bombarded at the present moment. Naval forces of the German navy are off the coast, fighting with enemy landing vessels. We have just brought you a special bulletin".
Listen to a D-Day radio broadcast