History project seeks wartime airfield memories

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.

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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