Recorded memoir of James (Jim) H. Reeves (MC 371/882/11)
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Recorded memoir of James (Jim) H. Reeves


MC 371/882/11

1 audio cassette (Realistic 60)

nd [c 1985]

2nd Air Division Headquarters

James H. Reeves

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[00:00-05:00] Comments on work at Headquarters of 2nd Air Division and entering service, Georgia, 1942. Describes training: Keysler, Mississippi, including heat, tents and mosquitoes; Fort Logan, Colorado, engineering and operations and 14th Bomb Wing, Florida. Describes journey via Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, Liverpool and Norwich to Horsham, Norfolk, 1943. Mentions troop ship, 'Aquitania'. Describes: base at Horsham; station at Old Catton; Headquarters and lists B-24 bases and groups in area. Mentions Gen. James P. Hodges and Gen. William E. Kepner. [05:00-10:00] Describes Britain and the British people: his respect for their sacrifices; travel in England and Scotland, including trains and double-decker buses; eating fish and chips for the first time and Norwich cattle market. Comments on German radio propaganda : Lord Haw Haw and Axis Sally. Continues about places visited including Red Cross, Norwich, Wroxham broads and homes of British people. Mentions VE Day celebrations and switching street lights on in Norwich. Comments on Memorial Trust Room in the Library and role of the Trust. Summarises his military career and seventeen years in the reserves. Recorded on side A only.