Tag Archives: Second World War

The Diary of Paul E. Homan: stories of WWII from an American Aviation Cadet who hoped his diary would keep the heritage alive.

Paul E. Homan was born in the U.S state of Pennsylvania in 1922. His life before his enrolment into the United States Army Air Force is unknown, but from his Diary of Service During WWII (2nd Air Division Memorial Library … Continue reading

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Memories of Christmas from a German Prisoner of War

Soon after the Second World War ended German POWs were released across the country. Over 100 prisoners were released from Mousehold Camp based in Norwich. One such prisoner was Hans Dittrich who was interviewed shortly before release. Dittrich obviously appreciated … Continue reading

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Mapping the War: The King’s Lynn Bomb Map

I have recently been cataloguing a run of maps from the list of uncatalogued material here in King’s Lynn Borough Archives. Out of this series of eight maps one was the King’s Lynn Bomb Map (NRO, KL/SE 3/8). It was … Continue reading

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‘I had never imagined the ear-splitting noise’: A Norwich girl’s experience of the Baedeker Raids

The Record Office has a number of vivid accounts from people caught up in the Baedeker raids, such as that of Betty Jacques (later Betty Crouch), who was sleeping in Norwich Training College in College Road the night that it … Continue reading

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The Wail of Sirens, the Distant Throb of Engines: Norwich and the ‘Baedeker’ Raids

By far the most serious air raids on Norwich were the ‘Baedeker’ raids on the nights of 27/28 and 29/30 April 1942, exactly seventy-five years ago. There are several collections of archive material in the Record Office that relate to … Continue reading

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Meet the team: Digitisation Work Placements at The Norfolk Record Office

Thanks to funding from MAP and South Norfolk Council, since July 2015, the Norfolk Record Office has been able to offer voluntary 6 week digitisation work placements to young people not in employment, this is for one morning per week. … Continue reading

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Cheshire’s 1941 Norfolk rescue: the untold story of Halifax bomber L9524

The night of Friday 10th October 1941 Sleeping residents of Tacolneston, South Norfolk, were unaware of history about to be made on their doorstep, or more accurately in their farm fields. The same night five Halifax bombers of 35 Squadron took … Continue reading

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Catleughs of Lynn: How a tailor’s ‘shop log’ gives an insight into daily life and the outbreak of the Second World War

When thinking about business records, you may think of account books or correspondence, factual accounts, which tell us little about daily life. This is far from the case, as the records of Catleughs of Lynn, tailors, outfitters and clothiers, amply … Continue reading

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