I was visiting 15th century Chelmsford Cathedral here in England recently and thought you folks would appreciate the stained glass window (installed in 1953) that serves as a memorial to the many American Airmen who were stationed here between 1942 and 1945. There are many other similar memorials especially in the south east of England.
My great uncle flew 35 missions with the 549th Squadron, 385th Bomb Group in 1944 from Great Ashfield in Suffolk, England. In the village of Great Ashfield is All Saints Church, where a plaque and stained glass window serve as memorials. There is also a book kept at the church that recorded the names of the dead from the 385th.
Penguin, thank you for that and the related responses it engendered. We Americans need to be reminded of all the good our forebears have done, what with the Apologizer-in-Chief running the U. S. down all the time.
I'll send these pics on to a co-worker whose Father was a B-25 crewman in WWII, flying in Europe. One of Terry's greatest experiences was a chance to fly a couple years ago in a restored B-25, and seeing what his dad saw, feel some of the joy of flying the old bombers.
Even though at the time, the good folks of England considered our boys as having the problems of being "over-paid, over sexed and over here!", it's nice to see they were appreciated. Even in France, there are many memorials to our fighting men. The people who matter, don't forget!
And many thanks to the people of England for hosting us!