- 1968-2000 (Creation)
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34 files, 4 volumes, 11 folded plans, 1 bundle, 1 gathering, 1 booklet, 17 papers, 9 photographs, 1 plaque
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The Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division, United States Army Air Force (USAAF), was formally established by deed 25 May 1945 by the American Memorial Committee. This committee was charged with the task of developing a plan for a memorial to the approximately 7000 members of the 2nd Air Division stationed in Norfolk who were killed between 1942 and 1945. The leaders of this effort were Brigadier General Milton Arnold, Lt-Col Ion Walker, and Col Frederick V.P. Bryan. The Trust governors have mostly been British and based in East Anglia, but also represented on the Trust’s Board of Governors is the Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in London and a representative of the 2nd Air Division Association.
The Memorial Library is managed by the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust, a registered charity working with the Norfolk County Council Library Authority and with the Executive Committee of the 2nd Air Division Association.
Since its inception, the Trust has been active in administering Trust funds and soliciting donations for the running of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library. The Trust also works closely with other organizations interested in Anglo-American relations including the University of East Anglia, the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Mighty Eighth Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia, USA. The Trust also supports educational projects, sponsors public lectures on Anglo-American themes, fosters the memory of the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the 2nd Air Division in East Anglia during the Second World War and promotes friendship between the peoples of the United States and East Anglia.
The Memorial Library is managed by the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust, a registered charity working with the Norfolk County Council Library Authority and with the Executive Committee of the 2nd Air Division Association. The Trust helps to employ a part-time Trust Librarian, a Trust Library Manager, and a small team of Library and Information Assistants. Through funding 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. Known as the 'American scholars', they are also part of the Memorial Library team. The Memorial Library also produced the newsletter, 'Memorial News', of which there are copies of some editions in this archive.
The American Room (also known as the 2nd Air Division Memorial or Memorial Room) was the original presence of the Memorial Library in the Norwich Central Library, Bethel Street, which opened in 1963. Following the destruction of this library in the Norwich Central Library fire of 1994, the Memorial Library occupied temporary premises. In 2001, the new 2nd Air Division Memorial Library was opened within the Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library in the Forum, Norwich.
Represented on the Trust’s Board of Governors is the Cultural Attache at the American Embassy in London and a representative of the 2nd Air Division Association. The Trust works closely with other organizations interested in Anglo-American relations including the University of East Anglia, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, and the Mighty Eighth Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia, United States.
Trust Chairmen (from 1975):
Thomas C. 'Tom' Eaton, [c. 1975]-1996
Paul R. King,1997-2002
David J. Hastings, 2002-2003
Matthew Martin, 2003-
Tom Eaton, c. 1973-1975
Alfred A. Jenner, 1977-1981
Paul R. King, 1981-1992
David J. Hastings, 1992-2001
Hilary Hammond, 2001-2005
Andrew Hawker, 2011-
Clerks to the Trust:
F.R.D. Walter, [c. 1963-1969]
J.H. Howard, [1970-?]
Trust Governors (from 1975):
Tom Eaton, -1997
Mrs Michael Barne, -1995
John Howard, 1976
Cdr Mark Edmonstone Cheyne, 1976-1990
Thomas 'Tom' D. Copeman, 1976-1980
Richard Q. Gurney, 1976-1980
Alfred A. Jenner, 1976-1998
Lady Mayhew, 1976-1985
Mrs Frank Thistlethwaite, 1976-1981
N.J.D. Walter, -1977
Roger Freeman, 1977-2005
Paul R. King, 1977-2001
David J. Hastings, 1980-
Col M.R. Marchand, 1980-1983
Christopher Snow, 1980-1983
Jordan R. Uttal, 1980-1989
Lt Col W.D. Wuest, 1980-2003
Prof. Howard Temperley, 1981-2000
Frank W. Gadbois, 1983-1996
Mrs Anne Collins, 1983-1988
Mrs Frances Davies, 1986-2008
Dr Ronald D. Clifton, 1988-1991
E. 'Bud' Koorndyk, 1990-1998
Edward O. Inman, 1990-2004
Edward McBride, 1991-1995
Robin Berrington, 1996-1998
Nicholas P. Cooper, 1997-2005
John Whitehouse, 1998-2000
Hilary Hammond, 1998-2001
David Q. Gurney, co-opted governor, 1998-
Charles 'Chuck' Walker, 2nd Air Division Association Representative, 1998-
T.J. Dowling, 1999-2000
Assistant Prof. Richard Crockatt, 2000-2002
Keith R. Thomas, 2000-2004
Ms Carol Lynn MacCurdy, 2001
David Hill, co-opted governor, 2001-
Victoria Musgrave, 2001-2003
Dennis Wolf, 2002-2005
Matthew Martin, co-opted governor, 2002
Andrew Hawker, cop-opted governor, 2002-
Prof. Christopher Bigsby, co-opted governor, 2003-
Joseph M. Dzenowagis Jun., co-opted governor, 2003-
Ben Du Brow, co-opted governor, 2004-
Jean Steward, 2005-2008
Richard J. Ashton, 2005-2008
David Douglas, co-opted governor, 2005-
Peter Foster, co-opted governor, 2005-
Michael Longe, nominated governor, 2005-
Michael Macy, 2005-2008
Liza Davis, Cultural Attaché, 2008-
David Sisson, co-opted governor, 2009-
Anthony Harmer, co-opted governor, 2009-
Simon Garnier, co-opted governor, 2009-
If you have factual corrections or additions to the dates of service for Trust governors, please let the Record Office know.
The 2nd Air Division Association:
The 2nd Air Division Association was set up in 1948 by former Headquarters staff with the main aim of seeing the Memorial Room Library brought into being. Today, the Association continues to perpetuate the friendships and memories of service in the 2nd Air Division in England during the Second World War and to support financially, and in other ways, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust and Library. It publishes 'The Journal' and the 'Newsletter.'
The Heritage League:
The Heritage League was founded in the United States by its parent organization, The 2nd Air Division Association, in 1987. It aims to educate later generations about the history of the 2nd Air Division in the Second World War. To achieve this aim, the Heritage League produces publications, gives presentations, maintains a website and runs social and educational programmes. The League also supports other organizations including the Second Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich and publishes the periodical, 'Heritage Herald.'
Friends of the 2nd Air Division Association:
Following the establishment of the Heritage League in the United States in 1987, long serving Trust governor Anne Barne, proposed a local support organization. The Friends of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust held its inaugural meeting in Norwich in October 1988. The Friends had an active social programme and their activities included meeting returning veterans and escorting them around the airfields. The Friends also produced the newsletter, 'Second Thoughts.' The organization closed on 29 October 2011.
The Cambridge American Cemetery, Maddingley:
Madingley American Cemetery and Memorial is situated about three miles outside of the city of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. It is also referred to as the Cambridge Military Cemetery, Cambridge American Cemetery and Cambridge Cemetery. The Cemetery is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The Flight of B-24 'Diamond Lil' to Norfolk, 1992.
Several records relate to the flight of B-24 'Diamond Lil' to Norfolk as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of the United States Army Air Force in Britain. The 4,500 mile flight departed from Meacham Field, Fort Worth, on 1 June 1992, and flew via Minneapolis Iqualit (Frobisher Bay), Keflavik (Iceland), RAF Kinloss (Scotland) to Norwich. This was followed by a six week tour of the United Kingdom, including tribute flights over all the old 2nd Air Division airfields, Heqdquarters and the former Station Hospital, Morley (now the site of Wymondham College). The 'transatlantic crew' who flew 'Diamond Lil' on this journey were Col David Hughes, Col Ray Krottinger, Col Starr Stone, Col Al stricklin, Col Kathy Martin, Col Henry Brand, Col Sam Mangrum, Col David Hastings and Col David Kjell.
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Some records originally deposited as part of the Eaton family archive were subsequently agreed to be Memorial Trust deposits. Records of Tom Eaton as trust chairman and relating specifically to official Memorial Trust business which were deposited after April 1990 (when Mr Eaton's secretary took over the typing and administrative support for the Trust) are designated as Trust archives and listed as SO 247. This relates to Eaton 26/11/1991, Eaton 01/08/1996, Eaton 15/01/1997 and part of ACC 2000/52, received on 7 June 2000.
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Includes papers, mainly consisting of correspondence files, created and collected by Tom Eaton during his involvement with the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division. Also includes papers relating to his activities with the 2nd Air Division Association.
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