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8th Airforce remembered

200,000 Americans were based in the region during the Second World War Credit: ITV Anglia

A project to save the remains of American wartime airfields in the region has been given more than half a million pounds of lottery funding.

The Eighth in the East group will use the money to make sure that the history of US Eighth Airforces bases can be preserved for future generations.

The lottery funding will ensure the memory of the 8th Airforce is preserved Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 200,000 thousand American servicemen were stationed at bases from Suffolk to Northamptonshire during the latter part of the year.

26,000 of them were killed in action over occupied Europe.