2nd Air Division Memorial Library, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

Your search for any relative based in the Norfolk area starts here. The library is a lasting memorial to all those who served in the Second Air Division in the air or on the ground. It has a lending collection of more than 4,000 books covering all aspects of American life and culture, plus a specialised section telling the story of the Division.

Norwich Library after fire

THE FIRE OF 1994

In the early hours of August 1, 1994, a catastrophic fire ripped through the heart of the Central Library in Norwich. At the height of the blaze smoke could be seen up to 20 miles away. More than 100,000 books and thousands of historic documents were lost to the flames. But not all was lost as the Memorial Library’s archive and collection of personal memorabilia, that had been stored in the basement, survived, albeit somewhat water-soaked.

The Forum, Nowich

THE FORUM

In November, 2001 a new £63.5m state-of-the-art information centre, called The Forum, was opened on the site of the old library. Part library, part meeting place, part amphitheatre, The Forum houses not just the reborn Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, but also the BBC’s local television and radio stations. An honoured place was set aside on the ground floor for a new 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, which was dedicated by the Bishop of Norwich on November 7, 2001, with hundreds of the Division’s veterans and their families in attendance.

2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich

LASTING MEMORIAL

Norfolk was one of the hotspots for the Eighth Air Force during the war, with bases
dotted all around the county. The library is a lasting memorial to all those who served in the Second Air Division, US 8th Air Force in the air or on the ground. It has a lending collection of more than 4,000 books covering all aspects of American life and culture, plus a specialised section telling the story of the Division.

The Friendly Invasion, 2nd Air Division Library, Norwich, Norfolk

ABOUT THE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

You can find books devoted to many of the 8th Air Force Bomb Groups and Fighter Squadrons who crossed the Atlantic to join in the fight. Other library collections include film, audio recordings, photographs, airfield maps, memorabilia, periodicals and newsletters.

The library holds the Division’s Roll ofNHonor, a list of the fallen, which you can also read online. The library’s website has details of the 14 airbases used by the 2nd, including details of how and when to visit. And the library’s digital archive website can be accessed from home if you are unable to visit in person.

www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive

2ND AIR DIVISION MEMORIAL LIBRARY

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1AW

Tel: +44 (0)1603 774747

Open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm Saturday. Closed Sundays and public holidays

Check the websites for more details:

2ndair.org.uk