75 years ago villages and towns across the region became home to thousands of US Servicemen and women who came here to help in the fight against Nazi Germany.
For those living in the surrounding villages they got to experience a whole new world of big bands, jitterbug dances Coca-Cola and candy.
Ray Hobbs from Utah was just 21 when, as a member of the 95th Bomb Group, he flew B17s from Horham airfield near Eye in Suffolk.
It was from Grafton Underwood airfield in Northamptonshire that the Eighth US Army Air force mounted its first heavy bombing raid over Nazi occupied territory in August 1942.
Over the next year thousands of US airmen arrived, eventually being stationed at more than 70 sites across the region bringing with them a new way of life for the locals living in the surrounding villages.
The airfields across the region became small American towns, with their own hospitals, bakeries and cinemas to cater for the 3,000 or so people living on them.
What was once a hive of activity is now eerily quiet, with runways and nissen huts being lost to nature.
The small American towns have faded over the years but near Shipdham near Dereham in Norfolk they’ve managed to save some of the artwork of the 44th Bomb Group.
It was left on the walls of derelict huts and what was the officers mess.
When the GIs returned to America, they’d stolen the hearts of hundreds of local women. Many of them got married and left this region to start a new life in the United States.
93 year old Iris Oakley from Essex met Sergeant James Benekee in Norwich.
He was based at Horham airfield in Suffolk and within three months they were married.
Not everyone got their happily ever after.
With interracial marriage illegal in around 30 American states, relationships between Black GIs and their white British girlfriends often didn’t last.
Some children have never known their fathers.