File SO 247/115 - General correspondence

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SO 247/115

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General correspondence

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  • 1957-1965 (Creation)

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1 file

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(1963-)

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American Memorial Room opened in Norwich Central Library, Bethel Street, 1963. Dedication ceremony for Memorial Room, 13 June 1963. American Memorial Room destroyed in Norwich Central Library fire, 1994. Temporary Memorial Library opens within temporary Norwich Central Library, Ber Street, Norwich, 28 February 1995. New 2nd Air Division Memorial Library opened within the Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library in the Forum, Norwich, 1 November 2001. Dedication ceremony for new Memorial Library, 7 November 2001.\r\nFirst proposals for a memorial to the personnel of the 2nd Air Division in East Anglia who lost their lives during the Second World War, 1945. The Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division founded with aim of bringing the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library into being, 1945. Administered by the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division.\r\nThe 2nd Air Division Memorial Library grew from funds raised in 1945 by 2nd Air Division personnel, which were placed under the care of the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division, United States Army Air Force (USAAF). The dedication of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Room took place on 13 June 1963. The room housed the Roll of Honor, as well as a collection of books on the 2nd Air Division and various other aspects of American life and culture. In addition, a Memorial Fountain, complete with stones from all 50 states in the United States, was built outside.\r\nOn 1 August 1994, a fire broke out in the Norwich Central Library destroying most of the books, the original Roll of Honor, and display items in the Memorial Room. The 2nd Air Division archive, held by the Norfolk Record Office and located in the basement of the building, was not destroyed by the fire. Following the 1994 Norwich Central Library Fire, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Room was housed temporarily in Noverre House, Norwich, and then longer-term in Glasswells, 71 Ber Street, Norwich. On 1 November 2001, the new 2nd Air Division Memorial Library was opened in The Forum.\r\nFulbright Librarians and American Scholars:\r\nThrough funds raised by the 2nd Air Division Association, an American Fulbright scholar was appointed annually between 1986-2007 to work as part of the Memorial Library team. Since then, two scholarships have been awarded to American post-graduate students studying at the University of East Anglia.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 27 November 1985 (American Memorial Trust 27/11/1985).

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Includes printed 'Report of the Libraries Committee to the City Council for the years 1961-1964'; Norwich Union insurance policy for the Memorial Room, 1952; correspondence including letters of complaint about the book stock of the Memorial Room, publication and distribution of the Memorial Room brochure and press cutting and related correspondence concerning a search by the office of the Adjutant General for Ohio for relatives of American men killed in the Second World War.

Ohio relatives search correspondence refers to the following servicemen (not all 2nd Air Division):
Hiel R. Reed, killed in action, 18 September 1944.
1st Lt John Suchiu (466th Bomb Group, Attlebridge), killed in action, 15 August 1944.
Sgt Robert William King (389th bomb Group, Hethel).
1st Lt Dan W. Corson (91st Bomb Group), killed in action, 20 December 1942.
William Nusser, reported missing in action (no details of date or unit of service).
Lt Donald N. Fehrenbach (447th Bomb Group), killed in action, 26 November 1944.
Capt. Burdett Shaw Inlow, killed in action, 4 May 1945.
Sgt Clarence J. Rachford.
S/Sgt Richard K. Breting (94th Bomb Group), killed in action, 29 May 1945.
1st Lt Elwood J. Lee (390th Bomb Group), killed in action, 25 December 1944.
S/Sgt Everett Smith Morrison.
1st Lt Hugh I. Evans (384th Bomb Group), killed in action, 30 May 1944.
T/Sgt Ernest M. Trickett (384th Bomb Group), killed in action, 21 June 1943.

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Former catalogue reference, SO 247/2/6/1.

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852b80d1-0c29-4efb-b318-58d0226111f9

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Created 10/01/2007 by Dlglg. Modified 14/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins.

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