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Volunteers sought to help keep alive history of US airfield

PUBLISHED: 12:41 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 26 September 2018

Volunteers at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts where once over 3,000 American troops were stationed during the Second World War. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Volunteers at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts where once over 3,000 American troops were stationed during the Second World War. Picture: Sonya Duncan

ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434

A Norfolk wartime US airbase that became a museum is appealing for volunteers to help keep alive memories of the ‘friendly invasion’ of the American airmen.

Volunteers at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts where once over 3,000 American troops were stationed during the Second World War. Picture: 100th Bomb Group MuseumVolunteers at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts where once over 3,000 American troops were stationed during the Second World War. Picture: 100th Bomb Group Museum

In June 1943 the sleepy Norfolk village of Thorpe Abbotts became home to the 100th Bomb Group of the Eighth Airforce. Following its closure in 1956, the tower and other buildings fell into disrepair until in 1977 local man Mike Harvey and several volunteers restored the old control tower as a living memorial to American personnel who served at the base during the Second World War.

The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum is now seeking new volunteers.

Alan Thayne and David Jaye look at artefacts and photographs at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts. Picture: Sonya DuncanAlan Thayne and David Jaye look at artefacts and photographs at 100th Bomb Group Museum in Thorpe Abbotts. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A spokesman said: “We’re looking for volunteers to help us in a number of roles including admin and greeting visitors. The museum is completely run by volunteers and we rely on their dedication and good will to help preserve our site and welcome visitors.

“No prior knowledge is required and all our opportunities are flexible to suit individual needs and interests. Just a few hours of your time can make a real difference.”

More details about volunteering at 100bgmus.org.uk/friends

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