STEP BACK IN TIME
Stepping inside our snug Airmen’s Bar is like taking a trip back to the 1940s – a time where the world was at war and life was lived for each moment. Our bar takes its name from the many servicemen from RAF Lavenham and beyond who would come to relax, drink and socialise and an inspiring collection of signatures and mementos adorn the walls, turning our Airmen’s Bar into a living piece of history. Pull up a stool at our long bar and raise a toast to the bar’s inspiring history with your pick of our creative cocktails or relax into our snug leather sofa with a bar snack and a pint of local ale.
THE BOOT CHALLENGE
Take time to read the Boot Record, inscribed on the wall by members of various UK regiments, some of which no longer exist or have been amalgamated with others. As one of the few sources of entertainment, the challenge was to drink three and a half pints of ale from a glass boot in record time. However, Lavenham airbase was famous for being the home of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Air Force, ‘The Mighty Eighth’. The 487th flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties whilst stationed at Lavenham during the Second World War, and our Signatures Project to locate each of the names upon our wall continues to pay tribute to their bravery and camaraderie.
The Heritage Guide enables people to visit many of the wonderful heritage sites connected with the 8th USAAF – and discover some new ones along the way too. Pick up a copy in the Airmen’s Bar or download the PDF version here: http://www.8theast.org/new-heritage-guide-launched/