The Eighth in the East, a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project exploring the legacy of the 8th USAAF, has launched a new Heritage Guide at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa.
This brand new resource brings together many of the airfield museums found right across the East of England and for the first time archive resources and heritage sites such as the Airmen’s Bar at The Swan feature.
The guide will be available as a printed leaflet from tourist, heritage and leisure sites throughout the region.
It will also be available to download from the Eighth in the East website and be complimented by a new online interactive version in the autumn.
The guide will share key tourist information and enable people to find out more about this important period in the region’s history. The leaflet contains a map to locate the sites, alongside museum information about opening times and collection details.
David Cain, Eighth in the East project manager, said: “We’re really thrilled to launch this fabulous new resource. This guide will enable people to visit many of the wonderful heritage sites connected with the 8th USAAF and discover some new ones along the way too. From small volunteer run museums, to national cemeteries, archive centres and even bars there is sure to be something for everyone.”
Jane Larcombe, business development manager at the Swan, said: “We are honoured to be the custodians of such a treasured collection of signatures and memorabilia from the Second World War, in our Airmen’s Bar.
The 487th BG, 8th USAAF were based at RAF Lavenham and the 486th BG were based in nearby Sudbury. We are delighted to be included in this new Heritage Guide and proud to be the hosts of the launch event.”