Independence Day tributes to WWII US airmen
PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 July 2020
Sudbury has paid Independence Day tribute to the American airmen who flew from the town during World War Two.
Wreaths were laid at the memorial at St Gregory’s church to the 486th Bombardment Group, which was based in the town and which lost 400 servicemen in the skies over Nazi-occupied Europe.
They were laid by town mayor Jack Owen, Graeme Garden on behalf of the 486th Bombardment Group, and Colin Smith, chairman of Sudbury Royal British Legion.
The ceremony, on Saturday July 4, would normally have been attended by a party from the US Air Force at Lakenheath but who were unable to attend because of coronavirus restrictions.
Councillor Owen said: “The ceremony went very well. Sadly the Americans could not attend, for understandable reasons, but it was pleasing to see the people who were there.”
The 486th flew Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers from what was RAF Sudbury between 1944 to 1945, attacking targets including V-weapon sites.