United States Army Air Force Station 526






Over the past 16 years, I have been researching the presence of the United States Army Air Force,
stationed in Bures between 1943 and 1945

Thousands of Bombs and other Munitions were stored in local woods and along country lanes by the USAAF,
ready to be deployed to Airfields in Essex and South Suffolk
Munitions arrived by train to Chappel from Liverpool and Immingham Docks,
where they were offloaded onto waiting lorries ready for dispersal.

There was no offical records retained by the UK War Dept or the USAAF, apart from the Station Number.

So the book is unique in its publication, as you will not find this information documented elsewhere.

The contents relied heavily on local interviews with parishioners from
Bures, Pebmarsh, Colne Engaine, Wakes Colne, White Colne, Earls Colne and other adjoining parishes out as far as Braintree.
Difficult to say how many people I intervewed, but it was in excess of sixty.

My research was eventually recognised by ex-servicemen in the States, who very kindly contacted me with additional material.

1st edition :- Sold out

2nd Edition published on September 1st 2020

Price £12 + 2nd Class £1.99pp (UK rate only)

A5 size, 124 pages printed on silk 135g paper

This edition has an additional 16 pages of new information,
including improved Mapping, Graphics and Photographs.

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Review by Gilly Ryan from Colne Engaine,


I’ve just finished reading the book that you kindly loaned me.
Started last eve and finished this morning, getting my maps out
Absolutely fascinating, a brilliant book.
So much research and information that we can relate to but put together in a very readable way.
I’d never have known that the book existed so thank you for the chance conversation and an amazing insight



Review by John Doddinghurst from Bures,

I can see why it took the author so many years of research, the information he gleaned from all those local interviews is truly amazing.
I have lived in the local area for many years, but I never realised during the war years it was swarming with US Air Force personnel,
A truly unique piece of research, which will find its place in the history archives.

 

 

 

 

 

Published 1st September 2020
updated 16/05/2021