Hoxne Operation WALBEA dig
On 11th November 2016, members of the Operation WALBEA project team were invited to a household in the parish of Hoxne. The home-owner, whilst digging in his back garden, had uncovered various US Army Air Force (USAAF) artefacts from the Second World War. Objects included: mess tins, a window from a B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’, aluminium cups, a tube of shaving cream and a shaving brush. Members of the project team recorded and photographed these finds. We subsequently returned on the 21st November and excavated a small test pit which uncovered a wide variety of objects discarded from the local airfield used by the USAAF.
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