Work is underway on war memorial in Eye to honour US airmen
- Credit: Archant
Work has begun on a war memorial which will pay tribute to the US airmen who served in Eye during the Second World War.
A digger has moved in and the ground is being cleared and levelled ready for the black granite monument, which is currently being made at HL Perfitt in Diss, to take pride of place on land off Progress Way.
From 1944 to 1945 up to 10,000 airmen served at Eye Airfield as part of the 490th Bombardment Group - 237 were killed during service.
To honour these men the 490th Memorial Project was set up and for two years its members worked hard to find land and gain permission to build the monument. This was granted by Mid Suffolk District Council last month.
Fred Astbury, member of the 490th Memorial Project, said: 'It is nice to see something happen. The big thing for me was getting the key for the gate because that was when we knew it was happening.
You may also want to watch:
'It is great to know we are moving on with it. Eric Swain, our historian, came up from London to turn the first bit of soil with a shovel from 1942. We are hoping by the end of the month the monument will be ready.'
At the end of next month some of the veterans who served at the airfield, and their families, will make the trip over from the US.
- 1 Pedestrian dies after being hit by lorry on A47
- 2 Tributes as Leanne, 29, dies after receiving cancer 'all-clear'
- 3 Pupil taken to hospital after incident at Thorpe St Andrew school
- 4 Major rush hour delays expected as crash involving lorry closes part of A47
- 5 Horse dies two months after being set on fire
- 6 Norfolk receives overnight flood warnings
- 7 'It was like a river' - Flood damage forces couple to move out
- 8 New Tesco store to open in coastal town centre
- 9 Two Norfolk care homes among the best in region
- 10 Norfolk hit by flooding as storms reach the county
They will be taken to the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Madingley American Cemetery in Cambridge.
They will then attend the official opening of the memorial on Sunday, May 29 and will be joined by American service men and woman from RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath.