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History project seeks wartime airfield memories

A community heritage project researching two historic local airfields wants to hear from local people who remember the foreign fliers who were based there. Rich Soil Rich Heritage, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, wants to hear from local people who remember the American, Polish and Belgian aviators based at RAF Snailwell and the American based at RAF Bottisham. The project wants to hear from anyone with memories, information, photos or documents related to the international personnel who were based at Snailwell and Bottisham.

Many hundreds of pilots, ground crew and support staff were based at these two historic airfields during the Second World War. Out project will ensure that these memories are preserved for future generations and that these international influences on our local community are documented.  

Rich Soil Rich Heritage is a community heritage project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project combines oral history and archive research with drama and film to record the history of the many different nationalities who have come to East Cambs for work. The work theme links very different peoples across almost four centuries. From the Dutch fen drainage engineers in the mid 17thC , the Romany seasonal workers of the 19thC, the impact of the Second World War and how Prisoners of War worked on local farms, to the late 1990s and the arrival of Portuguese migrant workers.

http://www.richsoilrichheritage.org.uk/

If you would like further information or would like to be involved please contact Hetti Wood on 01353 722228 or email info@richsoilrichheritage.org.uk.

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