Operation WALBEA investigates the US military presence in East Anglia during the Second World War through the everyday objects left behind. Run by the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia, it brings together researchers, student diggers, local history societies and veterans to shed light onto the lives lived by US service personnel in East Anglia during the war.
Through archaeological techniques, the project is creating a database of artefacts recovered from the communal and accommodation areas of facilities used by GIs during the war. From these finds, we will be able to envisage, for example, what they ate and drank, what illnesses they were treated for and what products they used in their everyday lives. This project is running to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the USAAF coming to the region.