The Friendly Invasion – USAAF in East Anglia 1942-45

Ref: C2224643

This course explores the build up of American personnel in East Anglia and studies the development of US air-power in the region. It examines the social and cultural impact of over 400,000 young men on mainly rural communities - race relations; crime; GI Brides etc. It will encompass the establishment of airfields dwarfing nearby villages; the aircraft and weaponry; how the vast aerial armadas were assembled plus strategy and tactics. The big picture will be interspersed with personal accounts and stories illustrating the heroism, drama and tragedies affecting families and lives both here and in America.

Course aim

To explore US air-power in Britain 1942-45. The social & cultural impact - establishing airfields & hospitals; aircraft - strategy & tactics; personal accounts of heroism & tragedies affecting families.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Examine the development of the aircraft involved.
  • 2. Examine strategy and tactics - leadership and risk.
  • 3. Examine and appreciate the social and cultural impact.
  • 4. Explain the unifroms, flying apparel and equipment.
  • 5. Examine artwork and aviation archaeology.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Friendly Invasion – USAAF in East Anglia 1942-45


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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