Tower keeps a focus on airfield’s vital role

Rougham Tower Show''Pictured: Hannah and Ellen Clark as field nurses
Rougham Tower Show''Pictured: Hannah and Ellen Clark as field nurses
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MEMORIES of an American airfield’s crucial role in World War Two were brought to life again over the weekend when a special event was staged at Rougham.

It was staged by the Rougham Tower Association, which houses a military museum in one of the few control towers still remaining.

Rougham Tower Show

Rougham Tower Show

Money raised helps fund its running costs.

Members of the association, supporters and military vehicle enthusiasts manned American vehicles and dressed the part to show how airfield personnel would have looked more than 60 years ago.

Some of the exhibits have been sent from the United States by former airmen or their families.

But while there were many items of interest to modern-day visitors over the two days, memories of the darker days of war were all-too-apparent.

Rougham Tower Show

Rougham Tower Show

Rougham had some 2,000 casualties, of which 1,000 died. A horseshoe-shape memorial, devised by association founder David Hardy, is a lasting testimony to their sacrifice. It features the names of many individuals, different crews who served with two American bomber groups and family members.

Space on the poignant memorial, which is topped by the engine from a B17 plane, is now full.

Rougham Tower Show''Pictured: Jospeh Stewart (11), Luca Stewart (7) and Billy-lee Ibbs (2) in a US army vehicle

Rougham Tower Show''Pictured: Jospeh Stewart (11), Luca Stewart (7) and Billy-lee Ibbs (2) in a US army vehicle

Rougham Tower Show

Rougham Tower Show

The winner of the classic cars competition at the Rougham Tower Association open day.'Winner picired with Cllr Chris Spicer, Mayor of St Edmundsbury along with the picture he was presented with.

The winner of the classic cars competition at the Rougham Tower Association open day.'Winner picired with Cllr Chris Spicer, Mayor of St Edmundsbury along with the picture he was presented with.